for college graduates who want to become teachers
“Confident, compassionate changemakers” — that’s our goal for professionals educated at Mary Baldwin College. Good teachers can and do make a positive difference in the lives of others every day. If you already have a bachelor’s degree and have decided to switch careers into teaching, Mary Baldwin’s PBTL program will guide you through the process of earning your teaching certificate and thoroughly prepare you to be a successful teacher.
MBC education courses are offered in formats that fit the reality of working adults — on-line; group tutorials that meet in the evening or weekends; and hybrids combining online study with some face-to-face sessions.
You can earn your teaching certificate on the main campus in Staunton or at any of our Virginia locations.
Of all your options among Virginia teaching certificate programs, MBC’s is tailored to your needs, taking into account credits you have already earned and focusing your efforts in the right direction.
A License to Teach in Virginia
You will earn a five-year renewable Virginia Collegiate Professional Teaching License, which is recognized by most other states through reciprocal agreements.
All applicants send:
- Complete the online application
- Official transcripts from all previous colleges – 2.5 overall GPA required
- Passing Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) reading and writing plus Praxis Core Math; OR exemption from admissions testing with qualifying SAT or ACT scores
- A written statement discussing your reasons for entering the teaching profession
Please note: Entering students are required to attend an orientation at an MBC regional campus to launch your program.
General Requirements (Previous Courses Accepted)
Since you already have a college degree, you may already have completed a number of the general requirements. Once you have completed your application, we will provide you with an individualized print-out of specific course requirements based on your transcript evaluation and desired endorsements. In the meantime, this list gives you a basic outline of what is required:
- Arts and Humanities – 12 semester hours: including English Composition and Grammar, Communications, as well as electives
- Social Studies – 12 semester hours: Course Requirement vary based on the level of licensure. A PBTL advisor will provide you a detailed list upon completion of a transcript analysis.
- Math and Natural Sciences – 12 semester hours: Course Requirement vary based on the level of licensure. A PBTL advisor will provide you a detailed list upon completion of a transcript analysis.
- Computer Competency – 3 semester hours or demonstrated competency
- Human Growth and Development
- Professional Studies in Education – up to 29 semester hours including Foundations of Education, Practicum, Understanding Exceptional Individuals, Diagnostic Teaching of Reading (PK-6), Content Area Reading (6-12 and 9-12), Teaching Methods, and Supervised Student Teaching. Course Requirement vary based on the level of licensure. A PBTL advisor will provide you a detailed list upon completion of a transcript analysis.
Teaching is demanding, important work, and we take seriously our role in preparing teachers for the classrooms of tomorrow. We have a distinguished history of preparing excellent, successful teachers, and we accomplish this by providing a thorough, demanding preparation. You will work hard and will have the caring assistance of an experienced, excellent faculty to help you succeed.
- Special Education K-12
- Elementary Education PK-6
- Art Education PK-12
- Foreign Language – French or Spanish PK-12
- Music Education PK-12
- Theatre Arts PK-12
- Middle Education 6-8
- Secondary Education 6-12
- biology, business, chemistry, earth science, English, math, physics, or social studies with college major in endorsement area
- English as a Second Language (starting Fall 2015 – available as an “add-on” endorsement or concurrently with another endorsement of the student’s choice)