Important Testing Notice: You MUST upload your test score reports to the COE Canvas site once you receive them from the testing center. When requesting test scores be sent to the University, testing sites only send electronic score summaries, not actual test reports. VDOE does not accept electronic score summaries, they must have the hard copy print out of your test scores.
General Testing Requirements for Admission
Students must pass the VCLA test or a qualifying substitute in order to be formally admitted to the initial teacher licensure programs at the University of Mary Washington. These scores should be submitted during the application process.
Five-Year Programs – Testing Requirements
Students can be provisionally admitted without these test scores and will be limited to three (3) education courses (including EDUC 203 or 204 or EDU 200 if transferring) until they submit passing scores.
Post-Baccalaureate Programs – Testing Requirements
The student will be limited to 6 credit hours of UMW coursework if they have not submitted their qualifying scores.
Testing Requirements for Formal Admission into the College of Education:
College of Education Entrance Testing Requirements (updated November 2021)
What Licensure Tests am I required to Take?
**Important: All Undergraduate Licensure Programs, licensure testing must be completed by November 15th for spring interns and July 1st for fall interns – BEFORE the start of your internship.**
Test Fee Waivers
All students demonstrating financial need who need to take the VCLA and/or a Praxis test may apply for a test waiver.
ETS offers fee waivers for the Praxis; if applicable, students should apply for this option before requesting the waiver from UMW (https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/)
COE Testing Fee Waiver Application
Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed the first Friday or each month during the fall and spring semesters.
Praxis Subject Assessment
Praxis Subject Assessment tests must be passed prior to the internship for specific endorsement areas.
Link: Sign Up for Praxis Subject Assessment
Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related needs: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/disabilities/?WT.ac=praxishome_praxisregisterdisabilities_180911
Fee Waiver Criteria: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be passed prior to the internship for all initial teacher licensure programs. The passing score required is 470 (a minimum score of 235 in each Reading and Writing section).
Link: Sign Up for the VCLA
Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Nursing Mothers: https://www.va.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=VACBT_RequestingAlternativeTestingArrangements.html
Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary
The Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary must be passed prior to the internship for individuals seeking licensure in Elementary Education P-6 or Special Education: General Curriculum. The passing score requirement is 159.
Link: Sign Up for the RVE
Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training
Individuals must complete training in child abuse recognition and intervention training prior to placement for field experiences.
Link: Complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training
Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module
Link: Complete the Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module
Dyslexia Awareness Module
Link: Complete Dyslexia Awareness Module