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Program

Becoming a great teacher means embarking on a program of study that will give you both the content and pedagogical knowledge you need to be successful. Our programs are designed to prepare you to become a highly qualified teacher who is licensed to teach in Virginia and in many other states.

We offer three program options:

Combined Bachelor's to Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Five-Year Degree

Current Christopher Newport students can apply during their junior year and earn a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a recommendation for a license to teach in Virginia in one additional year.

MAT with Initial Licensure

Christopher Newport seniors and those who already hold a bachelor’s degree can apply to the MAT program. You’ll earn a master’s degree and a recommendation for a license to teach in Virginia in one-and-a-half to two years.

Initial Licensure

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree can apply to the program as a non-degree student and complete a series of graduate classes. You’ll earn a recommendation for a license to teach in Virginia in one to one-and-a-half years.

Admission to the MAT and initial licensure programs is available in the spring or summer.

Full curriculum

We offer 12 teaching endorsements in a variety of fields:

  • Biology (grades 6–12)
  • Chemistry (grades 6–12)
  • Elementary (grades PK–6)
  • English (grades 6–12)
  • English as a second language (grades PK–12)
  • History and social science (grades 6–12)
  • Mathematics (grades 6–12)
  • Music, choral (grades PK–12)*
  • Music, instrumental (grades PK–12)*
  • Physics (grades 6–12)
  • Spanish (grades PK–12)
  • Visual art (grades Pk–12)

*five-year program only


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