Provisional Career Switcher License (VA)

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Provisional Career Switcher License (VA)

The Provisional Career Switcher License is provided upon completion of a Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure Program is designed to provide an option for career professionals to enter Virginia’s classrooms. The career switcher program recognizes the life experiences of qualified individuals and provides participants with skills needed to pursue a teaching career in Virginia.

License Valid for 3 years
Employment: Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Virginia
Contact Name: Mark Allan
Contact Phone: 804-225-2022
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Individuals interested in enrolling in a Career Switcher Program must apply for admission directly to a certified program provider.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:

Student Teaching

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
5 Years years.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:


    Arabic, Chinese-Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, French, German, Greek (Modern), Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

Additional Requirements for this route include the following:

Child Abuse:

Passing Score: Advanced Low

5 Years of full-time work experience is required.

*Level II preparation begins during the first year of employment: Applicant must complete 5 seminars include a minimum of 20 cumulative instructional hours.

180 hours required to progress to next stage in licensing.

*Upon successful completion of Levels I and II of the Career Switcher Program and submission of a recommendation from the Virginia employing agency, one will be eligible to apply for a renewable license.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment

Copy of First Aid/Adult/Child CPR:
AED Recommended

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Renewal: Nonrenewable


Career Switcher Program Information:

Additional Programs: Virginia Community College:

The former Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure Programs, listed below, have been discontinued and are no longer accepting candidates.
George Mason University
Spotsylvania County Schools
University of Virginia Richmond Center
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium (WVPEC)

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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