RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — Colleges and universities across Virginia can now offer new teacher education degrees and programs, including the University of Virginia.

Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday the state policy board for elementary, secondary and post-secondary education have approved 53 new teacher preparation programs and 25 new degrees.

According to a release, this will allow graduates to become teachers after earning four-year degrees in education.

“We must remain focused on meeting the growing needs of our public education system to prepare the Commonwealth’s students for success and secure Virginia’s economic future,” said Northam. “As we work to strengthen Virginia’s educator pipeline, I am pleased to see the approval of these comprehensive changes that will create new pathways to the classroom and help increase

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