About the Neff Education Center

The Emory & Henry Education Department is located at the Neff Education Center on the third floor of McGlothlin-Street Hall.  Our program in teacher education offers classroom courses and field experiences in education which leads to certification to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

Our Mission

Emory and Henry College’s Education Department prepares students for entry-level careers or graduate study in the Education field by educating students in the knowledge, skills, and practices of effective teachers. 

Our Vision

The Emory and Henry College Education Department faculty’s vision is to have a teacher preparation program that prepares our future teachers with skills, pedagogies, strategies, and dispositions necessary for the challenges of the 21st-century classroom.  In order to do so, the faculty are committed to providing instruction by practitioners with years of successful experience in the field of PK-12 education, exemplifying effective instructional practices rooted in learning theory, engaging students in a variety of supportive field placements, and providing reflective practices that implore students to develop a growth mindset in their learning journey. 

The Emory & Henry program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  We offer initial licensure areas in two options, the undergraduate (4-year) and the Five-year (B.A. or B.S.  plus M.A. Ed in Professional Studies).

A Fast Track M.Ed. in Professional Studies is also available which requires a teaching content area, usually a B.A. or a B.S. in a teaching subject.  Questions regarding the M.Ed. Program can be directed to Mark Hainsworth, Director of M.Ed. Programs. 

We have a 100% graduation rate for all teaching candidates who are admitted into our program and they earn an endorsement to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All students completing our program are licensed to teach in at least one endorsement area approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia.