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The School of Education provides the leadership, coordination, and evaluation of all academic programs and services offered through the departments of Early Childhood/Elementary and Special Education, Secondary Education and School Leadership and Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. Its central purpose is to provide pre-service and inservice educational programs to prospective teachers, in-service teachers, administrators, and others engaged in educational activites in schools and other agencies. 

Corollary purposes are as follows:

  • To contribute to the knowledge base in the field of educational theory and practice in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-racial world.
  • To provide leadership in involving public schools, universities and communities in collaborative educational efforts.
  • To provide service to other agencies engaged in education in such a manner to promote the realization of equal educational opportunity and equal educational results for all children.

Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework adopted by Norfolk State University’s professional education programs describes the vision and purpose of the School of Education to prepare educators to work in PreK-12 schools. Consistent with the institution’s mission, its focus is to prepare competent, compassionate, collaborative, and committed leaders capable of meeting the diverse needs of all learners. Supported by a strong knowledge base, the conceptual framework provides a system for ensuring coherence and a well-articulated professional commitment to knowledge, teaching competence, leadership, and student learning. This is reflected in the curriculum, instruction and clinical experiences provided to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are valued in teachers and other professional school personnel.


All of the teacher education programs sponsored by the School of Education have been approved by the Virginia Department of Education and have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Each program is designed to prepare teachers to meet the certification and licensure requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as requirements for successful study at the graduate school level.

Academic Departments

  • Department of Early Childhood/Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Department of Secondary Education and School Leadership
  • Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science


Undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree require a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit. These programs lead to the Virginia Collegiate Professional Teacher Certificate or to a specific educational career. Students seeking teacher certification must earn degrees in academic areas and complete the 18-24 semester hour professional education sequence and a 12-semester hour student teaching experience in the School of Education. The licensure and degree requirements for all programs offered by the School of Education may be revised due to the Virginia Department of Education’s regulations, Norfolk State University requirements or regional and national accreditation standards. Department heads and faculty advisors will inform students of the most current information.



  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health Fitness
  • Kinesiotherapy (Probation status)
  • Secondary Education (Mathematics, History, Science, English, Music and Art)



  • Urban School Counseling
  • Principal Preparation
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Pre-Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Curriculum Development and Supervision
  • Special Education


  • Fall 2016 - 762 students enrolled in all programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Passage Rates

  • Fall 2016 - 100% (Praxis Core, Praxis II, RVE, and VCLA) for all program completers in teacher licensure programs.
  • Fall 2016 - 100% (SLLA) for all program completers in the school leadership or principal preparation program.
  • Summer 1998 - 2016 (Kinesiotherapy Passage Rate) based upon examination and registration.

Faculty and Staff

  • Thirty (30) full-time faculty; 27 or 90% have the terminal degree (doctorate); 3 or 10% have the master’s degree with the credentials and expertise for their assignment.
  • Ten (ten) staff persons: 7 administrative assistants; 2 pool personnel; 1 stock manager.

Resources and student services

  • Office of Clinical Experiences and Student Services
  • H. H. Bozeman Integrated Media Resource Center
  • NSU Preschool Academy
  • Teacher Prep Project
  • Praxis Laboratory
  • Student Volunteer Center
  • Future Teacher Academy

Teacher Education Advisory Board Members

Dr. Anita James
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Chesapeake Public Schools
Dr. Patricia Fisher
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Interim Superintendent (Retired)
Portsmouth Public Schools
Dr. Christine Harris
Director, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood
Virginia Department of Education
Mr. James Frye
Retired Principal
Chesapeake Public Schools
Dr. Thomas McAnulty
Norfolk Public Schools
Dr. Alveta Green
Executive Director, Office of Student Support Services
Virginia Beach Public Schools
Mrs. Sarah Peoples-Perry
Retired Principal
Norfolk Public Schools
Educational Consultant and Community Activist
Dr. Ella Ward
Chesapeake City Council
Chesapeake Virginia


Are you interested in applying for scholarships administered by the School of Education? At this site you will find information on scholarships and their specific criteria. Read the guidelines completely before applying.

Scholarship Application Workshop

Each semester, the School of Education offers a scholarship application workshop. Please check the bulletin board in the Bozeman Building for announcements regarding the workshop as well as other scholarships that are not listed in the Norfolk State University Scholarship Guide that may periodically come into our office. Please ensure that your application is neat, error-free, and submitted in a timely manner. You may apply for more than one scholarship.


According to the National Scholarship Database, nearly 60 percent of scholarship deadlines fall between the months of February and April. Therefore, students should begin applying at least a few months prior to this, preferably sometime between September and December.

Thomas L. Wright Scholarship in Teacher Education
This scholarship honors the memory of Thomas L. Wright, who was a distinguished teacher of history. After his 2008 passing, this scholarship was funded by gifts from friends, coworkers and family members.

  • Education major 
  • Must be a junior or senior
  • Must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Amount Varies

F.I.R.S.T Scholar Education Award
The F.I.R.S.T Scholar Education Award is designed to assist first-generation college students in achieving their educational goals.

  • Teacher Education major (remain in teacher education track)
  • Undergraduate Enrolled full-time
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (cumulative) and a SAT score of 850
  • Degree seeking teacher education student seeking teacher licensure
  • Amount Varies

The Helen Bessent-Byrd Endowed Scholarship
The Helen Bessent-Byrd Endowed Scholarship is an annual award for entering freshman planning to attend Norfolk State University in Virginia.

  • Special Education major (freshman)
  • Must have a 2.75 GPA (cumulative)
  • Must have a 3.00 GPA (in education courses)
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Amount Varies

The Ruth Winstead Diggs Scholarship
The Ruth Winstead Diggs Scholarship is an annual award for undergraduate who is a rising junior or senior attending Norfolk State University in Virginia.

  • Special Education major
  • Rising junior, rising senior or graduating senior
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Amount Varies

The Agnes Moore Jennings Scholarship
The Agnes Moore Jennings Scholarship is available to full-time students at Norfolk State University. 

  • Elementary Education major
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA (cumulative)
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Amount Varies

Ruth E. Olds-Tucker Scholarship
The Ruth E. Olds-Tucker Scholarship is available to full-time students at Norfolk State University. 

  • Elementary Education major
  • Need-based
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA and above
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Amount Varies

Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program
The primary purpose of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) is to provide financial support to students who are preparing to teach in one of Virginia's critical shortage teaching areas. The critical shortage teaching areas are determined annually through the Supply and Demand Survey for School Personnel, based on data received by school divisions in Virginia. Shortages in specific subject areas are derived from the top 10 academic disciplines identified by the survey as shortage fields.

  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • Enrolled full-time in an approved teacher preparation program in a critical shortage area
  • Cumulative grade point average of a least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Amount Varies

Peter and Phyllis Pruden Distinguished Scholarship Fund in Elementary Education
An endowed scholarship established by Peter and Phyllis Pruden in memory of Judith Brothers Pruden, Class of 1940, because of their desire to support public higher education in the state of Virginia.

  • Elementary Education Major
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Resident of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee
  • Need-based
  • Amount Varies

Clarence V. Cuffee Scholarship
The Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Scholarship was endowed in 2010 through the financial assistance of the City of Chesapeake employees, family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Cuffee. The Norfolk State University (NSU) Foundation has issued over $25,000 to deserving Chesapeake students attending NSU and majoring in social work or education.

  • Graduate 3.0 GPA and Undergraduate 2.5 GPA
  • Enrolled in approved teacher education program
  • Resident of Chesapeake
  • Amount Varies

Frances Audrey Orton Scholarship
The Frances Audrey Orton Scholarship is a $1,500 award for an area college student who is a resident of the city of Portsmouth, Virginia or Chesapeake, Virginia and who has been accepted into the Education program at Norfolk State University. You must be:

  • Full-time undergraduate student in good standing at Norfolk State University.
  • Grade point average of at least 2.50.
  • Resident of the city of Portsmouth, Virginia or Chesapeake, Virginia.
  • Admitted to teacher education.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible.

Margaret Johnson Lewis Scholarship
The Margaret Johnson Lewis Scholarship is available to student teachers at Norfolk State University who are Virginia residents.

  • Undergraduate, student teacher
  • Enrolled full-time Special education or Elementary major approved teacher preparation program
  • Virginia Resident
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Amount Varies

The Hattie M. Strong Scholarship
The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Loan is an interest-free loan available to American students, studying in the U.S. or abroad, who are entering their final year in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program. This is a competitive loan program taking into consideration your level of motivation, financial need, self-reliance and scholastic record.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Intern/Student Teacher
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Amount Varies
  • Deadline: November 20, 2017

William and Mozella Delk
William and Mozella Delk endowed scholarship students majoring in education.

  • Education Major
  • Must have a 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Resident of the State of Virginia
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Amount Varies

Teach Grant Scholarship
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families.

  • Enrolled full-time in a high need program in Virginia
  • Must have a 3.25 or higher GPA
  • Completed FAFSA application
  • Amount Varies
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Contact: Dr. Jerrold W. Roy (757) 823-8886

Teresa G. Holloman Endowed Scholarship

  • Enrolled full-time
  • English Education major
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

Vivian Watford IKpa Endowed Scholarship

  • Enrolled full-time
  • Education major (all disciplines)
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Need based