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

The Office of Teacher Preparation offers three curriculum options: (See corresponding tabs above for more information.)

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Initial licensure
    Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree can enroll in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program. Upon completion, they receive a master’s degree and a recommendation for a license to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Initial Licensure
    Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree can enroll as non-degree seeking and complete a combination of graduate and undergraduate classes. Upon completion, they receive a recommendation for a license to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Five-Year Combined Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Arts in Teaching Degree
    Current CNU students can enroll in their Junior year (65 credits completed) and earn a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a recommendation for a license to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Each year, the CNU Teacher Preparation Program conducts analysis on candidate performance on state-required tests, performance in the field, and employee / employer satisfaction one year after program completion. See how our graduates are doing! (PDF)

Please see our MAT Student Handbook for additional program information.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Initial Licensure
Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree can enroll in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program. Upon completion, they receive a master’s degree and recommendation for a license to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

If you are currently a senior attending CNU, or if you are someone who has obtained your bachelor's degree from another college or university, and you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, you should apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching with Initial Licensure Program. This 36-credit program offers you the opportunity to receive both your master's degree and a recommendation for your initial teaching license within 1.5 to two years. Admission for this program is for spring or summer terms only.

Coursework in this program combines instruction in both pedagogy and content. It also includes multiple opportunities, through courses like Math 570, The Teaching of Math, and TCHG 518, Secondary Practicum, for you to gain experience in the field prior to your student teaching internship. The culminating internship, 13-14 weeks in the final (spring) semester of your graduate program, enables you to practice and assume the full responsibilities of a classroom teacher.

* Our MAT program is fully accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia and 48 additional states accept the Virginia teaching license.

Licensure Requirements >>

For more information on Initial Licensure endorsement areas and courses of study, see the Graduate Catalog for 5-year programs for Initial Licensure and MAT programs.

Initial Licensure
Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree can enroll as non-degree seeking and complete a combination of graduate and undergraduate classes. Upon completion, they receive a recommendation for a license to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

If you are currently a senior attending CNU, or someone who has obtained your bachelor's degree from another college or university, and you have a cumulative GPA between 2.8-2.99, you should apply to the CNU Initial Licensure Program. This program may also be of interest to someone already holding a master's degree but wishing to enter the teaching field. This 21-27-credit program offers you the opportunity to receive a recommendation for your initial teaching license within one  to 1.5 years. Admission for this program is for spring or summer terms only.

Coursework in this program combines instruction in both pedagogy and content. It also includes multiple opportunities, through courses like Math 570, The Teaching of Math, and TCHG 518, Secondary Practicum, for you to gain experience in the field prior to your student teaching internship. The culminating internship, 13-14 weeks in the final (spring) semester of your graduate program, enables you to practice and assume the full responsibilities of a classroom teacher.

Licensure Requirements >>

For more information on Initial Licensure endorsement areas and courses of study, see the Graduate Catalog for 5-year programs for Initial Licensure and MAT programs.

Five-Year Combined Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Arts in Teaching Degree
Current CNU students can enroll in their Junior year (65 credits completed) and earn a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a recommendation for a license to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The five-year Master of Arts in Teaching program is a course of study that combines a rich, liberal arts undergraduate degree program with a professional master’s degree program. At the end of four years of study, you will earn a bachelor’s degree in a content area field of study. In the summer of your fifth year, as a graduate candidate, you will begin taking professional courses in education. 

In the fall of the fifth year, you will be assigned to a cooperating classroom in Newport News Public Schools in your area of endorsement, taking graduate classes and volunteering / assisting in your assigned classrooms.

In the spring semester of the fifth year, you will engage in 11-12 weeks of full-time student teacher internship, gradually assuming all roles and responsibilities of the classroom teacher.

Throughout the internship semester, you will receive supportive supervision from knowledgeable teaching professionals. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and will be recommended for a license to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Licensure Requirements >>

For more information on Initial Licensure endorsement areas and courses of study, see the Graduate Catalog for 5-year programs for Initial Licensure and MAT programs.
We're proud to offer you a choice of 13 different teaching endorsements:
  • Biology (grades 6-12)
  • Chemistry (grades 6-12)
  • Computer Science (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 or Instrumental (grades PK-12) *5-year program only
  • Physics (grades 6-12)
  • Spanish (grades 6-12)
  • Visual Art (grades Pk-12)

CNU Teacher Preparation Program Hiring Summary

COHORT 2013

 

Number of Program Completers: 83

 

1 has not been located for hiring update

 

1 has not found a teaching position -moved to TX and waiting on state licensure approval

 

5 did not pursue teaching full time

                1 chose to wait a year before seeking fulltime employment

                4 decided against teaching at this time

 

 

76 sought full time employment as a teacher

 

71 employed full time (93%), 5 seeking full time employment (7%)

 

-3 were hired as part-time instructors or assistants

 

-2 are substituting

 

 

Art- 2 students

 

1 hired full time (OF)                         50%

1 not pursuing teaching                      50%

 

Biology- 7 students

 

7 hired full time                                100%

 

English- 9 students

 

9 hired full time                                100%

 

Elementary- 39 students

 

37 hired full time                               95%

1 not pursuing teaching                      2.5%

1 unresponsive                                  2.5%

 

ESL-2 students

 

2 hired full time                                 100%

 

Spanish- 1 student

 

1 hired full time                                   100%

 

Social Studies & History- 11 students

 

8 hired                                                   73%

1 subbing                                               9%

2 not pursuing teaching                            18%       

 

Mathematics- 3 students

 

3 hired full time                                      100%     

 

Music: Choral- 4 students

 

2 hired full time                                       50%

1 waiting one year                                    25%

1 substituting                                           25%

 

Music: Instrumental-5  students

 

2 hired full time (1 OF)                             40%

2 part time                                              40%

1 waiting for TX licensure                           20%

View CNU Teacher Preparation Program Evaluation results for Praxis II, VCLA, RVE, and Principal Feedback.