The Virginia PTA University is an incentive program to encourage leadership development. Each level recognizes the accomplishment of PTA members who have earned recognition by completing several requirements.

Requirements include attendance at a variety of workshops, courses, and PTA events. Any PTA member may participate in the program. There is no time limit for completion of the requirements to earn your “Virginia PTA Degree”.

Transcripts are available at all state events and may be signed by any state board member, district director, council president, or workshop presenter. Completed transcripts may be sent to your District Director or the Vice President of Training. Participants in this program are required to keep track of their official transcript.

Recipients will receive recognition at the 2022 Virginia PTA Annual Meeting.


PTA Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

  • Attendance (Virtual for 2020) at a VAPTA Summer Leadership Training
  • Attendance at a PTA District or Council meeting or workshop; this may include a District Annual Meeting/ Conference or training event, or Council workshop, training or Annual Meeting
  • Specific position training workshop – President, Treasurer, Secretary, Bylaws, Arts in Education (Reflections), etc.
  • Completion of a one (1) year term of office at any level of PTA, as an officer or committee chair

PTA Master’s Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the PTA Bachelor’s Degree
  • Attend PTA Advocacy Day in Richmond
  • Select four (4) electives - can be obtained online with National PTA eLearning courses, state/district/council training events:
    • Cultural Competency
    • National Standard for Family School Partnership
    • Parliamentary Procedure
    • Membership Basics
    • Bylaws and Standing Rules
    • Preventing Theft in Your PTA
    • Present a workshop at state/district/council PTA training event

PTA Doctoral Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the PTA Bachelor’s Degree
  • Completion of the PTA Master’s Degree
  • Completion of a “Thesis Project”
    • Submit a Resolution
    • Host a forum on any topic (family engagement, mental health, equity and diversity, etc.)
    • Create an approved training course including presentation

      For more information contact the Vice President of Training at

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