Virginia’s Community Colleges offer a fast track alternative licensure program – EducateVA – a statewide initiative to address critical shortages in the teaching profession throughout the state, allowing you to bring your dream of teaching into reality.
Teaching as a second career is as wide spread throughout the state of Virginia as our Career Switcher backgrounds. We’ve assisted professionals from engineering, medical, manufacturing and sales industries to begin their new or second career in teaching.
Whether you’re looking for a teaching position in Richmond, Hampton Roads, Danville, Harrisonburg, Northern Virginia, Roanoke Valley or Southwest Virginia, switching careers can be a rewarding experience and many times a longtime dream well accomplished.
Teach Science, Math, English, Social Studies, or Foreign Language at the Middle or High School level, or English as a Second Language K-12, and make a difference with your experience and your degree!
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With the appropriate qualifications, EducateVA can help you become a licensed teacher in the state of Virginia, while maintaining your current job and responsibilities!
Using a combination of online and onsite instruction, you can complete the teaching certification program within 16 weeks, with six Saturdays required onsite at a nearby community college. Foreign Languages students attend seven Saturdays.
Since 2004, over 1000 students have used EducateVA’s Career Switcher program and are actively teaching or in the process of getting their teaching license.
Our resources are vast, pulling from the knowledge and experience of previous and current public educators and the highly qualified team available through our community colleges.
We have a proven track record and success in education, teaching, teacher education, teacher training, teaching careers, teaching jobs, teaching in Virginia, teaching as a second career, high school teaching requirements, education in Virginia, and becoming a teacher, so please contact us today for more information or to begin the process.
___Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
___Five (5) or more years of full time post-baccalaureate work experience
___Content area expertise
___GPA of 2.5 or better
___Required assessments (Praxis II and VCLA)
___Willingness to have a criminal background check
___Do not currently have a Provisional License or expired Provisional License from the VDOE or a teaching license from any other state.
___Complete the 16-week Level One program, which includes 40 hours of classroom experience
___Teach successfully with a provisional license for one full year prior to being recommended for a full 5-year renewable teaching license
___Complete Level Two of the program during the 1-year provisional period, which includes Saturday sessions and online training
Middle School Mathematics (6-8)
(This Praxis II will not endorse you in Algebra or Geometry)
Middle School English/Lang. Arts (6-8)
Middle School Science (6-8)
Middle School Social Studies (6-8)
Earth Science (6-12)
Social Studies (6-12)
Foreign Languages (K-12)
English as a Second Language (ESOL K-12)
** In order to obtain an endorsement in ESOL, you must complete the General Education program in one of the above concentration. The program can be completed in either order.
**The Career Switcher Program does not offer Endorsement Areas in Elementary or Special Education.**
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