Teacher Preparation Programs

Thank you for your interest in the state-approved teacher preparation programs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts!

The following licensure programs are offered by CVPA:

Endorsement Account and Advising

All applicants for licensure programs must create an endorsement account and complete the worksheet associated with their intended program. Your transcripts will also be requested, and both will be reviewed by the College of Education and Human Development Pre-Education Advising Coordinator.

Contact Information for Endorsements

Mary Slone O’Neill
College of Education and Human Development Pre-Education Advising Coordinator

​CVPA Teacher Licensure Program Advisors

  • Art Education Licensure, Graduate Certificate, Robert Yi, (703) 993-9617
  • Art Education, Master or Arts in Teaching, Robert Yi, (703) 993-9617
  • Music Education Licensure for PK-12, Graduate Certificate, Charles Ciorba, (703) 993-1395
  • Teaching Theater PK-12, Graduate Certificate, Mimsi Janis, (703) 993-1879

Other important Mason staff that can assist you along the way are below:

Contact Information for Licensure

Rebekah Flis
Licensure Coordinator
(703) 993-2094

Contact for Assistance with Praxis Preparation/Tutoring Information

Rabia S. Ghani
Literacy & Reading Program Manager


Admissions Information for Graduate Programs

Dawn Kelley
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
(703) 993-5576


Virginia Test Requirements

Sarah Coffin, an Arts Management graduate student

Effective July 1, 2019, the Virginia Department of Education no longer mandated entry assessments to state-approved initial teacher licensure programs.

Certain assessments are still required prior to applying for internship (the last semester or year of a teacher licensure program). See below for details.

EFFECTIVE ON JULY 1, 2021: Candidates will not be required to attempt Praxis Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math prior to internship.

Praxis Core Math, SAT Math, or ACT Math

In June 2021, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) will publish a new accreditation workbook which will include the revised CAEP Initial and Advanced Licensure Standards. In preparation for this change, the College of Visual and Performing Arts will no longer require submission of PRAXIS Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math when applying for licensure programs.

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for all initial teacher licensure programs. A composite score of at least 470 must be achieved to meet the VCLA requirement.

Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II)

Praxis Subject Assessments tests must be passed prior to internship application submission for CVPA licensure programs. 

Visit www.ets.org/praxis/va/requirements for a listing of prescribed Praxis Subject Assessments for applicable endorsement areas (Theater Education, Music Education, Art Education etc.).

Additional Resource:

VDOE Teacher Licensure Information