International Students - Program Requirements

Background Clearance Requirements

All teacher candidates are required to complete a background check through American DataBank. 

Social Security Number (SSN)

All teacher candidates are required to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) in order to apply for teacher licensure through the Virginia Department of Education (VDoE). 

International students should get a job on campus early in their program so they can get a SSN and use it for licensure tests and VA licensure application.  (If you are an international student and do not have a SSN when registering for licensure tests, you will need to pay for an extra copy of your test scores with the SSN stated on them before applying for VA licensure.

For further assistance in obtaining a SSN, please contact the Office of International Student Services