Critical Areas of Need in Prince William County Public Schools

Follow the links to learn more about a career in these endorsement (subject) areas in PWCS, including certification requirements. More information will be coming soon for licensure areas not yet linked.

For the 2022-23 school year, the Virginia Department of Education has identified the following 10 critical shortage teaching areas:

  1. Elementary Education (pre-K-6)
  2. Special Education
  3. Middle Education (grades 6-8)
  4. Career and Technical Education
  5. Mathematics (grades 6-12, including Algebra 1)
  6. Science (secondary)
  7. Foreign Language (pre-K-12)
  8. English (secondary)
  9. History and Social Science (secondary)
  10. Health and Physical Education

Provisional Licensure

Did you know that a bachelor's degree in the following specific areas is accepted for provisional licensure?

  • Agricultural Education
  • American Sign Language
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Dance Arts
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technology Education
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

If you do not have at least a bachelor's degree in one of these areas or a degree in education, but believe you may be eligible for licensure based upon coursework completed in college, please visit our Become a Teacher page and review the Endorsement Worksheets.

Experiential Learning Credits

In unique cases of well-qualified candidates, experiential learning credits may be granted in lieu of the coursework for the endorsement (teaching) content area:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. Have at least five years of documented full-time work experience that may include specialized training related to the endorsement sought; and
  3. Have met the qualifying score on the content knowledge assessment prescribed by the Board of Education.

The criteria do not apply to teachers of special education and elementary education (pre-K-3 and pre-K-6).


If you are interested in learning more about Pathways to Teacher Licensure in Virginia, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected].