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Our Mission

The Future Teacher Academy (FTA) is an endeavor designed to increase the number of students, particularly African American males, other students of color, older non-traditional students, students from low-income backgrounds, students with disabilities, first generation students and other underserved populations, who complete state approved and nationally accredited programs in teacher preparation. FTA offers the following to assist Norfolk State University education majors:

  •  A four-week summer bridge program, which includes Fall semester educational textbooks and supplies for academic success.
  • Saturday workshops during the academic year.
  • Co-curricular activities throughout the academic year.
  • PRAXIS and VCLA examination vouchers.
  • Tutorial assistance.
  • Educational conference and symposium attendance.
  • Preferential access to the PRAXIS Lab.

Our Goals

  • By 2020, the number of students passing state license examinations will increase by 15% from a baseline of 25 students annually.
  • Students shall demonstrate a 20% performance score increase on Praxis Core.
  • Increase the number of students participating in reading, writing, mathematics and critical thinking workshops.
  • 85% of the students in each cohort will participate in 3 of the 4 co-curricular experiences related to the teaching profession.
  • Provide 85% of students with volunteer and mentoring opportunities in a school setting.
  • Provide 100% of the FTA participants with regular exposure to classroom educators in local school districts.

Why Become a Teacher?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2012), less than 20 percent of teachers in U.S public schools were persons of color. Additionally, African American males comprise less than 2 percent of the entire teaching force in the United States.

The year 2014 marked the first year that the majority of the students entering the nation’s public schools were children of color. While half of the school-aged children in the United States represent persons of color, their educational standing before these diverse student populations do not reflect the same level of diversity.

A few reasons for the lack of teacher diversity...

  • Increasing number of career and employment options outside of the teaching profession.
  • Difficulty with passing teacher licensure examinations.
  • Teachers of color left the teaching profession at higher rates than whites.
  • Cultural disconnect between students and staff.
  • Discrimination.
  • Feeling that the teaching profession is undervalued.


Keep up with current, past, and future events

FTA Spring 2019 Workshops

First round of workshops of the New Year for Praxis Math and VCLA shall begin! Current Freshmen, Sophomore and Transfer education majors who participate in these workshops are provided with instructions, strategies, and tips relating to the Praxis Core Math and/or VCLA examinations. Take the time to apply for either one or both workshops. Students must complete all 4 days to receive vouchers to help pay for examination fees. Don't forget to save these dates and we hope to see you take advantage of this helpful opportunity.

Applications for the FTA Workshops can be obtained in an electronic format located on the apply section of the FTA's Welcome page or by visiting the Praxis Lab (RM 161) in the Bozeman School of Education.

For more information or questions, contact Dr. Denelle Wallace.

* We will not be accepting anymore applications for the workshops in March but please be on the lookout for applications for our workshops in the summer.*

VEA: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color 2019 Conference

Norfolk State University has hosted the VEA : Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color 2019 Conference on February 15th-16th. We had an audience of like-minded people ranging from students, teachers, coaches, recruiters, educators, directors, and presidents come to our university from all over the United States. These people shared a goal of building a greater diverse K-12 workforce in the Commonwealth by engaging in discussions, viewing presentations, recruiting, and networking. The workshop topics resonanted with our participants and motivated them to think about those topics in their current and future field of work. There were some NSU students being recruited for job opportunties for their field of interest and making connections with other schools. We found that the conference was highly successful and we would like to thank all NSU faculty, staff, students, VEA members, presenters, and speakers for their above and beyond efforts in ensuring this conference runs smoothly.