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Admission To Teacher Education

  • Click on the application entitled, "Application for Admission to Teacher Education" toward the bottom of the webpage.  There will also be a helpful video, Overview document, and Evaluation of Dispositions document.

Along with the application, the requirements for admission to a Teacher Education Program are the following:

  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA or higher
  • Minimum completion of 30 university credit hours
  • Pass EDU 201 (grade of C or higher)
  • Provide evidence of officially passing the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Provide a current Academic Program Evaluation (from My NSU Self Service menu)
  • Provide an Evaluation of Dispositions form from a NSU professor

Additional dates have been added for the submission of applications for Admissions to Teacher Education:

  • Applications received by March 15th and May 15th will be considered for Fall admissions to Teacher Education.
  • Applications received by September 15th and December 15th will be considered for Spring admissions to Teacher Education.

Recently the School of Education has had school districts from as far as California and Wisconsin asking to schedule time to recruit our teacher candidates. Many of these school districts provide valuable incentives, such as total financial support for master’s degrees and relocation expense coverage. Yes, we are loyal to our Hampton Roads and Virginia school districts as a state institution of higher learning, but it is also important for us to encourage our students to positively impact the world.


  • High School Recruitment Visit:  On Friday, April 26, 2024, Dr. Priscilla Spencer led our first of many high school recruitment visits.  We were honored to have I.C. Norcom and Manor High of Portsmouth Public Schools visit our campus.  The group of students included representation from grades 9 through 12.  Thank you to Dr. Kianga Thomas for providing the greeting and opening statements.  Our SOE Recruitment Ambassadors were amazing and provided our visitors with a fantastic tour of the campus.  We look forward to having some of these students become NSU Spartans in the near future.


  • ​Supported by th FIPSE grant, Dr. Jill Ardley presented at the American Association of School Personnel Association's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit.  Her presentation focused on the potential positive impact the use of GoReact can have on the recruitment, retention, and reinforcement of future teachers of color.
  • ​Thank you to Dr. Kianga Thomas for lending his expertise during the April 25, 2024 NSU Assessment Day.  Dr. Thomas facilitated the 11:15 a.m. session entitled "Writing Findings and Data Analysis."
  • The School of Education was well represented during this year's Research and Innovation Symposium and Exhibition (R.I.S.E.) for undergraduate and graduate students.  Students presented posters and presentations throughout the event held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 in Brown Memorial Hall.  Every department in the School of Education had representation this year.  Thank you to the SOE faculty that worked with our students so that they could shine so brightly.


  • Faculty research mentors, Dr. AnnCatherine Sullivan and Dr. Donna Wolf guided the research of Norfolk State University undergraduate students presenting in Long Beach, CA at the 2024 Nathional Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  This conference enables undergraduate students to showcase their research, scholarship, and creative activity.  Brandon Mathews, Jr. (Dr. Sullivan, mentor) presented his research entitled "Closing the Theory Practice Gap" and Lisa Korentang Mensah (Dr. Wolf, mentor) presented her research entitled "Beyond Obstacles:  The Influence of Group Support on Physical Activity Habits."


  • ​Dr. Shaun Anderson has been selected by the CDC Foundation to serve as the Health Equity Consultant where he will have an opportunity to share his expertise on issues impacting our community.

    Also, Dr. Anderson received additional funding from the USA Swimming Community Impact and HBCU Grants which will focus on the "HBCU Collaborative Community Swim Teams Program."


  • Thank you to the School of Education faculty and staff that prepared for and attended the Admitted Students Day event on Saturday, April 6, 2024.  Dr. Ronald White represented Spartans Teach, Drs. Priscilla Spencer and Jillian Ardley along with Ms. Franita Delk represented the Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education Department, and Dr. Kathleen Thomas represented the Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science Department.  Thank you for all that you do to make the School of Education a fabulous place for our students.


  • Dr. Cynthia Nicholson guided honors students in developing their presentations for the Southern Regional Honors Council Conference held April 3 - 6, 2024 at the Hyatt Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida.  NSU Honors College students Aleila Rankin and Anijah Todd were also in attendance.  These students did an amazing job at this year's conference.  May we continue to develop our undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of research and scholarly presentations.


  • Congratulations to our SVEA Chapter!!  For the second year in a row, the Norfolk State SVEA Chapter won an award for the most registered participants (11) at the "Aspiring Educators 2024 Annual Convention."  The annual convention was held at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Waterfront on March 22-23, 2024.  The theme for this year's convention was "On the Road to Teaching...What is your Route?"  Dr. Shafeeq Ameen does an excellent job emphasizing the importance of active participation in your professional organizations.  Our teacher preparation program students are embracing SVEA.
  • The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2024 Conference was held at the Virgin Hotel by Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The theme for this year's conference was "Power, Performance, Pride: Enhancing the Legacy of Blacks in Higher Education."  On Sunday, March 24, 2024, Dr. Cynthia Nicholson and Dr. Denelle Wallace-Alexander presented with Dr. Kala Burrell-Craft of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  The presentation was entitled "The HBCU:  Cultivating Inclusive Communities One School at a Time."  Also on Monday, March 24, 2024, Dr. Leon Rouson presented with Dr. Deran Whitney of Shenandoah University.  The presentation was entitled "Culturally Responsive Leadership-Now What?"
  • On Saturday, March 16, 2024 at the Edmonds Center in Portsmouth, the Bridge Builders Banquet held by the Portsmouth Outreach Foundation (POF) recognized phenomenal women and bridge-building men that positively impact the community.  This year, Dr. Cynthia Nicholson received a Phenomenal Woman award for her commitment and dedication to uplifting community endeavors.  Additionally, this event serves as an opportunity to raise scholarship funds for Portsmouth youth heading to college.  Ms. Raven Jones, daughter of our very own Ms. Myrtle Jones, received a scholarship from the POF and has received several college offers.
  • Dr. Cynthia Burwell received the "Advancement of Health Education (FAHE) Dr. Ann E. Nolte Writing Award" during the 2024 Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO.  As a champion for health and wellness in our community, Dr. Burwell has co-authored the book chapter “Promoting Health in Colleges and Universities.”  The chapter was published in the book, Health Promotion Programs: From Theory to Practice (3rd edition).
  • On March 18, 2024 the School of Education received word that SCHEV approved a Bachelor's degree in Middle Education with concentrations in math and science and a Master's degree in Counseling.  We look forward to adding these degrees to the School of Education degree catalog, which aligns with the goals of our School of Education Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025.
  • Chesapeake Public School Educators:  The School of Education (SOE) is thrilled to highlight the contributions our program completers are making to the field of education.  Recent SOE Alumni Brianna & Brittany Charity (Truitt Elementary School) and Takeyon Vander (Portlock Primary School) are positively impacting elementary students and increasing the diversity of Chesapeake Public Schools as current second year elementary teachers in Title I schools.
  • Preparing for the Future:  Current teacher preparation program candidates Leah Coston, Jewell Myrick, and Yahzell Bolden attended the NSU 2024 Career Fair to learn about the incentives and positions offered by school divisions in the area and across the United States.  School divisions as far away as California sent representatives, which shared valuable information that included signing bonuses, tuition assistance for graduate degree attainment, new teacher support programs, and other benefits.
  • It is with great joy that we showcase the awesome accomplishments of our teacher preparation program completers. Deonte Spears (Class of 2023) is the Outstanding First Year Teacher at Norfolk Public School Division’s Ingleside Elementary School.
  • Virginia Educators Rising, Potomac Shores Middle School, Dumfries, Virginia:  Saturday, March 2, 2024 -- This conference provided many high school students interested in becoming teachers an opportunity to learn more about the teaching profession and learn about teacher preparation programs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Dr. Priscilla Spencer and Dr. Denelle Wallace-Alexander  spoke with numerous sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking information about teacher preparation programs at Norfolk State University.  We even had the benefit of running into one of our graduates, Mr. Ebenezer Agyemang-Kusi.  Currrently, Mr. Agyemang-Kusi is teaching 6th and 7th grade physical education at Potomac Shores Middle School and pursuing a master's degree in Educational Leadership.


  • ​The "Exercise Science Club" instructors provided valuable workshops to several of our Spring 2024 Student Teachers.  These American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR/AED workshops were held on February 22nd and 29th.  Participants included:  (Instructors) -- Dr. Sullivan, Exercise Science Club Advisor, Curtis Day, Excercise Science Club President, Deanna Fitzgerald, Exercise Science Club Secretary, Candace Croom, Trinitee Gadson, and Chanelle Parnell; (Student Teachers) -- Leah Coston, Kaylee Jones, Nile E. Mayo, Niya Fields, Maya Smith, Joshua Duhe-Harris, Heather Collins, and Maya Smith.  THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!! 

UpComing Meetings

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. -- School of Education Student Recognition and Alumni/Donors Luncheon -- Bozeman Education Building, Room 231 

Encouraging Undergraduate Research

  • Brandon Matthews, Jr. and his faculty research mentor, Dr. Ann-Catherine Sullivan attended the "Virginia Association Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Conference" in Harrisonburg, VA. They presented Undergraduate Mentorship in a session that documented the mentor-mentee URM experience based on Bandura’s Social Cognitive Career Theory. Additionally, Mr. Matthews had the opportunity to strengthen his presentation skills during the poster session. Faculty, please continue to strengthen our students’ research skills through mentorship.
  • Three of our Education majors – Jordan Moody, Autumn Alexander, and Gabrielle Parker -- did an excellent presentation at the Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE) 2023 Conference October 6th-7th at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel entitled, “There’s Life in Literature.”  We thank the Dean of the Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College, Dr. Khadijah Miller, Associate Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Cynthia Nicholson, and Director of Clinical Experiences and Student Services, Dr. Shafeeq Ameen for pouring so much into our honors students and encouraging them to showcase their talents.
  • The School of Education has the highest Freshman cohort retention rate at 76%. This rate is moving us in the right direction for meeting our goal of 85% for overall undergraduate and graduate student retention rates by 2025.