Apply now for this new no-cost professional development program designed exclusively for exceptional Virginia teachers.

Each six-day summer residential Academy focuses on a different area:

  • STEM
  • humanities and language arts
  • the fine arts
  • interdisciplinary studies

You’ll spend that week on campus at George Mason University in Fairfax. In the fall, you’ll complete online coursework. The following spring, you’ll join your Academy colleagues at a one-day conference in Richmond. Your participation earns you 150 continuing education credits—and again, it’s at no cost to you.

The VCET Academies are the best place to learn, grow, and network with outstanding teachers from across the state. All exceptional teachers should apply. Learn more

Mason alumna and 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year, Melissa Porfirio (MEd ’05) describes how the Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching can enhance your teaching ability, broaden your leadership skills, and expand your knowledge of educational policy making.

Why Apply?

Because this is your chance to:

  • Earn 5 graduate credits at George Mason University—approximately 150 points towards your 180 point requirement to maintain your Virginia teaching license.
  • Visit our nation’s Capital and learn how you can impact policy change.
  • Build lasting relationships with other excellent Virginia teachers
  • Become a better teacher and inspired leader, at no cost to you.
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Deadlines & Reminders

Reminder: Submit online application. Invite references to submit online recommendation. Collect transcripts and mail (or have mailed) to VCET.
Deadline to Apply. The online application must be complete by April 15.
References and Transcripts. References and transcripts must be received by VCET.