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The Early Childhood/Elementary and Special Education Department provides undergraduate & graduate programs for students seeking preparation to work with young children and youth in the community, agencies, day care, and preK-12 school settings. All teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE) and approved by the Virginia Board of Education.

Licensure and Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Students interested in teaching early childhood, elementary, or special education must pursue a degree in psychology or interdisciplinary studies and earn full licensure to teach in the desired teaching discipline. Students who possess an undergraduate degree and desire to enter a teacher certification only program to earn a teaching license may apply to Norfolk State University as a non-degree seeking certification student. The licensure only candidates must also meet the department’s policy for admitting students into an approved teacher education program. Admission to Norfolk State University does not guarantee admission to the teacher education program.

The licensure and/or degree requirements are under constant revisions due to either, the Commonwealth of Virginia regulations, Norfolk State requirements, or regional or national accreditation standards. Advisors and the School of Education webpage will inform students of the most current information that has resulted from changes by any of the agencies. Current guidelines and regulation supersede information in this catalog.