Alternative Route: Provisional (Career Switcher) License (VA)

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An alternate route is available to career switchers who seek teaching endorsements Pre-K through grade 12. An individual seeking a Provisional (Career Switcher) License through the career switcher program must have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; complete requirements for an endorsement in a teaching area or the equivalent through verifiable experience or academic study; have at least three years of successful full-time work experience or its equivalent; and pass professional teacher’s assessments as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education. The Provisional (Career Switcher) License is awarded at the end of Level I preparation for an initial validity period of one school year, which consists of a minimum of 180 clock hours of instruction, including field experience. Level II preparation takes place during the first year of employment. Upon successful completion of the Levels I and II preparation requirements of the career switcher alternate route to licensure program and submission of a recommendation from the employing Virginia educational agency, the candidate will be eligible to apply for a 10-year, renewable license.

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Last updated on: October 5, 2021
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