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Virginia Alternative Certification Programs

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.
  • Candidates who participate in this program must complete 18 credits of professional development courses for elementary and middle school education and 15 credits for secondary specializations.
  • They must also teach in a classroom for one year.
  • The alternative license can be renewed for up to three years before it must be upgraded to the initial teaching license for long-term use.

Eligibility and How to Apply

  • Candidates interested in completing this program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • They must also pass the content area exam.
  • To apply for this program, candidates must apply to an approved institution that offers the required courses to complete the alternative route to licensure.

Financial Information

  • Costs of the program depend on the institution candidates attend to complete their coursework.
  • Candidates can fund their coursework through scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans.

Career Switcher Program

Program Mission and Overview

    • 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

Candidates must:

      • 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.

Financial Information

The cost of the program varies depending on the approved institution where candidates choose to complete relevant coursework and attend seminars.

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