School of Education - George Mason University

Testing Requirements for Teacher Track Programs

Effective July 1, 2019, the Virginia Department of Education no longer mandates 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.

Students must request that official test score reports be sent directly to George Mason University, CEHD Admissions, 4400 University Dr., MS: 4D1, Fairfax, VA 22030. All required assessments should be completed at least six weeks prior to the intership application deadline to allow time for submission and processing of scores.

In addition to sending official score reports to CEHD Admissions, please ensure that you either request an official score report for your own records or save the PDF score report available to you after taking the assessment. As required by the Virginia Department of Education, students MUST submit photocopies or original test score reports when applying for licensure. The Licensure Coordinator cannot obtain these scores from ANY Mason records.

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 Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math

Effective for July 1 internship application deadlines, candidates will not be required to attempt Praxis Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math prior to internship.

In June 2021, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) will be publishing a new accreditation workbook which will include the revised CAEP Initial and Advanced Licensure Standards. In preparation for this change, CEHD will be removing the requirement for CAEP-required examinations (PRAXIS Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math) for any students applying for internships from July 1st application deadline and onward. CEHD representatives will be advising students who are applying for the July 1 On-the-Job deadline, as well as those applying for Spring 2022 internships. Application forms, websites, and handbooks will be amended to reflect this change. Fall 2021 internship candidates who have already applied for internship may request an exception based on this CAEP standard change.

Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II)

Praxis Subject Assessments tests must be passed prior to internship application submission for most initial licensure programs. Visit the ETS Praxis website for a listing of prescribed Praxis Subject Assessments for applicable endorsement areas (Elementary Education, Biology, English, Visual Arts, etc…). Praxis workshops are available at Mason. [More info needed.]

Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education

The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education assessment is only required for students enrolled in one of the following state-approved initial licensure programs: Early Childhood PreK-3, Elementary Education PreK-6, Special Education-General Curriculum, and Special Education-Visual Impairments. Students must achieve a test score of at least 157 to meet the RVE: Elementary and Special Education requirement. Please check with you program advisor for information on when the test must be passed for your specific program.

Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist

The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Reading Specialist assessment is only required for students enrolled in one of our state-approved Reading Specialist programs. The RVE: Reading Specialist must be passed prior to the last session of the EDRD 635 course. Students must achieve a test score of at least 162 to meet the RVE: Reading Specialist requirement.

School Leaders Licensure Assessment

The School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) in only required for students enrolled in one of our state-approved Administration and Supervision (Education Leadership) programs. Students must pass the SLLA to receive a Satisfactory passing grade for EDLE 791: Internship in Educational Leadership.Visit the ETS School Leadership Series website for more information.

Effective January 1, 2020, the SLLA (6990) is required for individuals seeking an Administration and Supervision preK-12 endorsement. Score reports for individuals who took the SLLA (6011) prior to 1/1/2020 will be accepted provided the candidate met the passing score effective at the time the test was taken. Students must achieve a test score of at least 146 to meet this requirement.

Additional Resources:

Testing Requirements Chart





Art X X
Early Childhood Special Education X
Elementary Education X X X
Early Childhood Education - EPK3 X X X*
English as a Second Language X* X
Foreign Language X** X
Health/Physical Education X X
Music X X
Secondary Education X X
Special Education - General Curriculum X X
Special Education - Adapted Curriculum X* X
Special Education - Visual Impairments X X

*Testing may be completed per program guidelines. See program for details.

**Students in Spanish, French, or German licensure programs must take the Praxis Subject Area Assessment (formerly called Praxis II) in their target language.