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Initial Licensure Exams

Candidates who are interested in a teaching or advanced state license must complete a program approved by the Virginia Department of Education. To be eligible for verification forms for other states, the licensure office must verify that candidates have completed one of our approved licensure programs. Programs that lead to licensure will involve coursework, licensure tests, and student teaching or internship.

Tests may vary per program. Please see program pages for requirements.

The School of Education’s Residential Teacher Education Programs, Online B.Ed. Teacher Education Programs, and Graduate Master of Arts in Teaching Programs are designed to lead to initial licensure as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education, which entails several testing components to align with accountability measures and agencies.

  • Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires Education Preparation Programs (EPPs) to obtain accreditation through CAEP as one component of maintaining State approval.
  • School of Education (SOE) strives for additional program approvals/reviews to maintain rigor in the specific endorsement fields.
    • The Special Education Programs strive toward the Professional Preparation Standards outlined by the Council for Exceptional Children for specialized professional association program review.

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

To locate available testing centers and register, please visit www.va.nesinc.com/.

The VCLA is required for all initial licensure candidates.

  • Required Composite Score: 470
    • Reading and Writing Subtests required.

Study Resources for VCLA

Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE)

To locate available testing centers and register, please visit www.ets.org/praxis.

The RVE is only required for Elementary Education and Special Education candidates.

  • Required Composite Score: 157

Test Codes

  • RVE (paper-based): 0306
  • RVE (computer-based): 5306

Study Resources for RVE

  • Complete reading methods course prior to the test
    • Undergraduate: EDUC 317/318/319
    • Graduate: EDUC 554
  • ETS Study Materials
  • Review the booklet Put Reading First
    • DVDs of Put Reading First are also on reserve in the Curriculum Library. Students may view these videos in the Curriculum Library.

Praxis Subject Assessment (previous Praxis II)

To locate available testing centers and to register, please visit the Praxis testing site. The following tests and composite scores are required for the endorsement (teaching specialist) areas as indicated. Not all Praxis Subject Assessments are available in a computer-based format, so be sure to plan ahead.

The Praxis Subject Assessment is required for all initial licensure candidates.

Required Passing Scores

Study Resources for Praxis Subject Assessment

Additional Test Support and Tutoring

Campus Resources

  • Accommodations Related to a Documented Disability: If you have a documented disability and think you may need special accommodations to complete the required test(s), please see the individual testing pages and/or contact the Liberty University Office of Disability and Accommodation Support (ODAS) for more information.
  • Math Courses (for further support and practice)
    • MATH 100/MATH 100L*
    • MATH 110/MATH 110L*
    • *Optional companion labs may be taken concurrently with MATH 100 and MATH 110. Each lab will provide weekly live online sessions with a math instructor. During this time, candidates will be able to walk through examples, receive additional instruction through live synchronous sessions, and have the opportunity to ask questions with immediate answers (similar to being in a classroom).

Writing Services

Documenting Test Scores

It is recommended that candidates list Liberty University as a score recipient on licensure tests.  Even though test scores may be sent to Liberty University electronically from the testing company, the candidates are also responsible for printing and storing records of the official score sheets. Official score sheets must be submitted by the candidate as a scanned copy at various Gates. A hard copy of the official score sheets must be submitted by the candidate to the Liberty University Teacher Licensure Office for Gate 4 paperwork.

For additional test score documentation assistance:

  • Praxis (Core, RVE, Subject Assessment)
    • When LU is not available as a score recipient, candidates are the primary score recipient and are responsible for attaching the official score report directly to their Gate(s) applications.
  • VCLA

View more information about licensure assessments from the Virginia Department of Education.