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Discover a career that connects you with others and enables you to make a difference for  future generations. Become a teacher.

Shenandoah University’s comprehensive Professional Studies Certificate program prepares you to be an effective K-12 teacher. You’ll complete coursework necessary to earn Virginia licensure (coursework can be adapted for teachers who are provisionally licensed), and spend 300-500 hours gaining hands-on classroom experience. Classes are available at two campuses or online and taught by faculty who hold terminal degrees and K-12 teaching licenses. Our programs are fully accredited by TEAC.

You’ll construct an e-portfolio, create a Teacher Work Sample and complete assignments that align directly with “the real world.”

What Our Program Offers You


What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

Through the program’s integration of theory and practice, you’ll become a reflective learner and practitioner. Although the program focuses on school leadership, you’ll develop a broader grasp of leadership and school finance. Our accredited program meets Virginia and national standards, and is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. Shenandoah graduates serve as leaders in schools throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Shenandoah’s program prepares you to become a leader in the challenging, ever-evolving world of public education, and provides you with the knowledge and tools to address key issues such as accountability and standards.

What makes our program unique?

Shenandoah University offers small, face-to-face and hybrid courses on its two campuses. The faculty is comprised of experienced school leaders with a wealth of practical experience and knowledge. You’ll also gain exposure to the many facets of school administration through hands-on experience in a practicum or internship.

Earning potential

School leaders earn from $60,000 to $250,000-plus in larger districts.


Customize Your Program

  • Professional Studies Certificate Program for Elementary School Teacher Education (PK-6)
  • Professional Studies Certificate Program for Middle School Teacher Education (6-8)
  • Professional Studies Certificate Program for Secondary School Education (6-12)
  • Professional Studies Certificate Program for Health and Physical Education (PK-12) 

Course Requirements

Course Title  Hrs.
ADM 6213  Introduction to Education Administration 3
ADM 622 Schools and Communities 3
ADM 641 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction 3
ADM 640 Curriculum Development and Evaluation 3
ADM 626 Practicum 6
ADM 623 School Law 3
ADM 624 School Finance Theory and Practice 3
RST 672 Outcomes Assessment and StatisticalApplications in Organizations 3