Virginia Tech

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Tech’s Master of Science Career and Technical Education program with emphasis in Agricultural Education (M.S. CTE).  


1. Through Virginia Tech’s master's level program SUNY Cobleskill students would earn licensure to teach in Virginia public schools after fulfilling the major and basic professional content area studies licensure requirements at SUNY Cobleskill, as outlined in Exhibit A. 


2. Students must apply for the M.S. CTE program in order to complete requirements for licensure in Virginia.


3. Upon graduation from the M.S. CTE program, students seeking a New York initial teaching certificate will need to submit their Virginia licensure verification, graduate transcript, and NY licensure application to the New York Department of Education.  Students will be required to pass the following New York required teaching exams:  Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written, and the Content Specialty Test (CST) in agricultural education.  Finally, all New York State teacher certification applicants must have fingerprint clearance.



1. Students from SUNY Cobleskill would meet one of the following Virginia alternative basic skills test requirements for admission to the Virginia Tech Master of Science Career and Technical Education program with emphasis in Agricultural Education (M.S. CTE):

(a) Virginia passing scores on Praxis I

(b) SAT scores of at least 530 each on the math and verbal tests with a total of at least 1100 on both

(c) ACT composite score of at least 24 with math at least 22 and English plus reading at least 46, or (d) passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA, reading and writing tests) with a minimum passing mathematics score on the Praxis I, SAT, or ACT. Prior to the student teaching experience, students must pass the VCLA. 


2. SUNY Cobleskill graduates would apply to the Virginia Tech Master’s program as regular M.S. CTE students, with a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 credits required for admission. (SUNY Cobleskill students with GPAs of 2.80 – 2.99 may be accepted provisionally.) At Virginia Tech the students would complete their field experiences, the teaching preparation classes, any additional coursework and tests required for licensure, and the Virginia Tech Master's degree program.


3. Students who have completed their Bachelor of Technology degree in Agricultural Business/ Agricultural Education at SUNY Cobleskill will be eligible to complete the M.S. CTE program and licensure at Virginia Tech in 12-13 months.  


For more information, read the full agreement.