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Kristi Fowler, Director of Education Programs
(540) 362-7460

Hollins University
P.O. Box 9566
Roanoke, VA 24020


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The Hollins education department trains teachers to use dynamic, engaging, interactive, and collaborative learning in their instruction. View our slideshow to see how our Hollins pre-service teachers embrace these teaching techniques during their student teaching experiences.

Hollins has received a $20,000 "Teaching with Today's Technology" grant from the Va. Foundation for Independent Colleges & the Verizon Foundation. The funding program is designed to augment the education and skills of students from VFIC member institutions who are entering careers in teaching K-12. At Hollins, the grant will be used to redesign and enhance the education program's classroom technology integration course. More »

Find a role model. Become one.

As we mature, we think about the teachers who have inspired us to think, to question, to reason, and to create. Good teachers are as varied as the methods they use, but they have common characteristics. Not only are they competent and qualified in their fields, but they are caring individuals as well. They want to make a difference in the lives of others, and they never stop learning themselves.


The Hollins program

Education courses emphasize content knowledge, principles of effective teaching and learning, and specific skills. Not only will you learn more about art, history, math, science, and other disciplines, but you'll also learn how to present these subjects to children in ways that engage them and encourage their interest in learning.


Get your B.A.and M.A.T. in five years

At Hollins, you can earn a bachelor’s degree and a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) in five years. Hollins has an excellent record of placing teachers after graduation, and the members of our education faculty will guide you every step of the way, from your first year as an undergraduate through your M.A.T. More »


Here is what to do first

Register for EDUC 141: Schooling in American Society. This is an introductory level education course which will give you an overview of the history, philosophy, and the sociology of schools today. In this course, education faculty will go over the requirements to apply to the education program and we will work with you each step of the way.


Meeting licensure requirements

Because no college or university in Virginia offers a major in education, students seeking teacher licensure major in a liberal arts or sciences discipline and take a sequence of education courses. When you graduate from Hollins, you'll be prepared to meet licensure requirements in Virginia as well as every other state. Hollins was the first graduate program in the Roanoke Valley to allow college graduates in the liberal arts to earn teaching licensure and a master of arts in teaching at the same time.

Students may seek endorsements in:

  • Elementary education (prek-6)
  • Secondary education
    • biology (6-12)
    • chemistry (6-12)
    • English (6-12)
    • French (prek-12)
    • Spanish (prek-12)
    • Latin (prek-12)
    • history and social sciences (6-12)
    • mathematics (6-12)
    • choral music (prek-12)
    • physics (6-12)
    • visual arts (prek-12)


TEAC accreditation

Hollins University's teacher education program has earned accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) until March 2015. This accreditation certifies that the faculty members of Hollins' Education Department have provided evidence that undergraduate and graduate licensure programs adhere to TEAC's rigorous quality principles.


Student teaching: Putting learning into practice

Student teaching is a challenging experience, almost a full-time job. You'll find yourself face-to-face with people from widely differing backgrounds, with widely divergent abilities and interests. You'll have pupils who depend on the quality of your work and the enthusiasm you bring to it. As a student teacher, you'll spend 35 hours a week in the classroom and countless hours outside the classroom preparing. You'll also meet regularly in a seminar with education department faculty to talk over concerns, to share experiences, and to strengthen your teaching skills. Four public school systems are located just minutes from campus by car, and Hollins has excellent working relationships with these area schools.