If you’re looking to become a teacher in Virginia but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the Alternative Route to Licensure and Career Switcher Program are alternative options available that will allow you to become a certified teacher in a short amount of time. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.
Alternative Route to Licensure
Program Mission and Overview
This alternative certification program allows individuals with bachelor’s degrees in other fields to become teachers.
The goal of the Career Switcher Program is to attract experienced individuals who can provide a well-rounded education for students in the classroom.
This program begins with intensive study in curriculum and instruction methods, classroom and behavior management, and human growth and development. This requires 180 clock hours, including field experience.
During the first year of teaching, candidates also attend five seminars, which total 20 instruction hours.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Have five years of professional working experience.
Have completed coursework for the desired teaching area.
Pass the professional teacher’s examinations.
Apply directly through one of the approved programs that offer this certification program.
The cost of the program varies depending on the approved institution where candidates choose to complete relevant coursework and attend seminars.