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Patricia Stohr-Hunt, Chair
Associate Professor Brown
Assistant Professor Stohr-Hunt
Director of Clinical Practice Napoli
Director Education Studio Leeper
Director of Reading Milby
Director of Special Education and Elementary Instruction Brenning
Affiliated Faculty in SPCS Cassada, Kuti, Shields, Spires

Mission and Goals

Undergraduate teacher education at the University of Richmond is a campus-wide responsibility, designed to ensure that all of our students are knowledgeable professionals who possess both a theoretical and practical knowledge base. Students acquire a broad undergraduate background of essential intellectual skills through the liberal arts and sciences based on the University's general education requirements, upon which students then build concentrated study in their major field of study.

The mission of the Teacher Preparation Program at the University of Richmond is to improve the understanding and practice of teaching and learning in preK-12 environments through reflective thought. Graduates are prepared to apply deep and broad content knowledge through multiple pedagogies in diverse settings while demonstrating a commitment to professionalism.

Based on this mission, the goals for the education minor are:

Goal 1

Develop candidates who are knowledgeable about learners and are able to employ instructional strategies that meet the needs of all students, including students with disabilities, gifted students, students with limited proficiency in English, and students with diverse cultural needs.

Goal 2

Develop candidates who have a rich understanding of the subject(s) they teach and appreciate how knowledge in their subject is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and applied to real-world settings.

Goal 3

Develop candidates who are able to employ best practices in the planning, delivery, and assessment of instruction so that they may transform content for teaching purposes in ways that make it accessible and meaningful to students.

Goal 4

Develop candidates who have the knowledge and skills to bring the highest levels of professionalism to their practice as instructional leaders and have the disposition to reflect upon and change that practice as necessary.

State-Approved Programs at the University of Richmond

The Teacher Preparation Program at the University of Richmond prepares teachers for licensure in Elementary Education (preK-6), Secondary Education (6-12) or Comprehensive Education (preK-12). The University of Richmond was first granted an Approved Teacher Education Program by the Virginia State Board of Education in 1972. Since that time the University's Department of Education has maintained approved program status and, as such, participates in reciprocity of licensure with states that have interstate agreements with Virginia.

In order for programs to remain current with licensure regulations as mandated by the Virginia State Department of Education, the requirements as stated may be subject to change. Please check with the department for the most recent version of licensure and endorsement requirements.

National Accrediation

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that all state Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) complete the CAEP accreditation process for both initial and advanced programs. The Teacher Education Program and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Richmond were awarded accreditation through TEAC Quality Principles through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) System for a period of seven years, from October 1, 2015 to October 1, 2022. Additionally, on October 17, 2019, the Virginia Board of Education on approved the University of Richmond’s education endorsement programs. The Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia (8VAC20-542-10 et seq.) require colleges and universities that offer programs for the preparation of professional school personnel obtain program (endorsement area) approval from the Virginia Board of Education through the review of biennial reporting of seven accountability measures and program alignment with endorsement area competencies.

For more information, visit our Program Evaluation Page