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This certificate offers coursework leading to teacher licensure (Virginia) in Elementary Education PK-6. The certificate prepares educators for international teaching assignments. Additionally, this certificate prepares students who wish to teach in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools worldwide by integrating IB curriculum into the licensure coursework. Students completing the licensure requirements may take EDUC 621 Teaching and Learning in the International Baccalaureate Program as an additional course to become eligible for the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning through the IB. The coursework may be completed in the part-time evening program or during the summer intensive program.

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.


Prerequisites for Admission

  • Praxis Core or equivalent
  • Must be within 9 credits of completion of elementary education endorsements


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-IEEL

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 27


Students must earn a B or higher in all coursework.

EDRD 515Language and Literacy in Global Contexts3
EDUC 511Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts3
EDUC 512Teaching Elementary Social Studies in International Schools3
EDUC 513Teaching Elementary Math in International Schools3
EDUC 514Teaching Elementary Science in International Schools3
EDUC 516Language Across the Elementary International School Curriculum3
EDUC 520Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in International Schools3
Total Credits21

Internship Options

EDCI 790Internship in Education 16
Total Credits6

A six-credit, 15-week daytime internship is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program.

Two options are available to meet the needs of most individuals:

  • Placement Internship: One semester, daytime internship in the classroom of a cooperating teacher.  Intern assumes co-teaching and independent teaching responsibilities.
  • On-the-job Internship:  Available only to students who are employed as full-time international elementary teachers and are teaching in an accredited international school.