Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia


The Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia is an affiliate of the national organization, Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). ATE is an organization for individuals who have a professional interest in the preparation and continuing education of teachers and other professionals in the field of education. Members represent public and private schools, colleges and universities, professional associations, learned societies, and government agencies.


About Us

The Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia is your organization for development and support in our profession. As teacher educators, we have much to celebrate in terms of the many exemplary ways that we prepare and support teachers in Virginia. From pre-service through veteran teachers, our organization is a key vehicle for advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Please contact any of us on the ATE-VA Executive Board if you have questions, concerns, and/or suggestions about our organization or issues that we need to address.


Join Us

Register for the Spring 2019 VACTE/ATE-VA Conference on March 14th & 15th at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center. Find out more here.

Keynote Speaker Announced

Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education

Prior to his appointment as Governor Northam’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni taught at Beville Middle School in Prince William County, leading courses in civics, economics, U.S History, and mathematics. He also served as a GED Night School Instructor. In 2016, Atif was recognized as the Dale City Teacher of the Year.

In addition to his work as an educator, Atif is a former Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also served at the state level, having been appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Small Business Commission in 2013.

Secretary Qarni holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from George Washington University as well as a Master’s in History and teaching license from George Mason University.


Read & Write

The Teacher Educators' Journal

The Teacher Educators’ Journal is published by the Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia (ATE-VA) as a service to the profession to stimulate discussion and reflection about issues related to teacher education. The manuscripts submitted for possible publication may be research/empirical manuscripts, position papers, book reviews, or conceptual essays.



School/University Partnership Project Award

Teacher Research Award

ATE-VA has a long and distinguished history promoting partnerships between Virginia public schools and Virginia colleges and universities. Each spring at our conference, ATE-VA recognizes a student researcher and honors a partnership project.



Virginia Association of Colleges For teacher Education 

The Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is an alliance of public and private colleges and universities across the Commonwealth dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning.


"We are dedicated to contributing to the knowledge base and growth of the profession through quality professional development for association members. It is also our goal to prepare and disseminate ideas, innovation, and best practices that foster quality preparation and career-long professional growth for educators."

Trina Spencer, ATE-VA President

Read the full President’s Message




What does membership in ATE-VA mean?

It means involvement with professional colleagues who are dedicated to the concept of education for all children and believe that the quality of that education depends significantly upon the effectiveness of those who teach.

ATE-VA is dedicated to the strengthening of teacher performance and the improvement of teacher education through the cooperation of interested individuals.

What does membership in ATE-VA offer?

It offers the opportunity to participate in a coordinated state and national program of information and activities devoted to the concerns of teacher educators in schools, colleges and universities, and related organizations and agencies.

Members receive a variety of publications focused on teacher education issues including pre-service study, student teaching and internship, and continuing professional development.

It provides a means for engaging in productive intra- and inter-organizational dialogue and collective action on current issues in teacher education.