REGISTRATION DATES: Through May 16, 2018

CLASS DATES: August 4, 2018 - December 1, 2018

COSTS: Full tuition: $3,900, WCG cost: $1,300, WCG + FANTIC: $130

Become a Teacher!

Teacher Licensure (Career Switcher Program)

Virginia's Community Colleges offer a fast track, alternative teacher licensure program - EducateVA. The program is a statewide initiative to address critical shortages in the teaching profession throughout the Commonwealth, allowing you to turn your dream of teaching into reality.

Teaching as a second career is as widespread throughout Virginia as our Career Switchers' backgrounds are diverse. We've assisted individuals from countless professions, including engineering, the medical field, manufacturing, sales, and industry to begin their new or second career in teaching. EducateVA can help you become a licensed teacher in the state of Virginia, while maintaining your current job and responsibilities!

The VCCS Career Switcher Program is certified by the Virginia Department of Education/Division of Teacher Education, Licensure, and Professional Practice. We use the same matrices and approved standards as all other approved teacher education programs in Virginia but we use a different pathway to accomplish that instruction at a fraction of the cost.

EducateVA is a program of the Virginia Community College System and is organized by the Community College Workforce Alliance. 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.

Teach Middle School or High School Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Foreign Language (preK-12), English as a Second Language (preK-12), Health & Physical Education (preK-12) or a Career and Technical Education subject such as Business, Marketing, Technology Education or Family & Consumer Sciences. Please note: EducateVA does not offer training for an Elementary Education endorsement.

**Recent General Assembly legislation has resulted in the Workforce Credential Grant. Those funds, while available, will reduce the cost of tuition by 2/3 to $1,300.00 for program participants who successfully complete the training and obtain licensure.

Program Overview

The EducateVA program consists of two levels. Level I is comprised of online and face-to-face instruction. Level II - the part of the EducateVA program that makes us so unique - is the post-coursework experience. After Level I, as a graduate seeks employment and during their first year of teaching, EducateVA partners students with mentors to guide, instruct and advise them in order to ensure they receive the support they need to thrive as a new teacher. Additional instructional support is also offered through Level II modules and three required Level II Saturday seminars.

 Level I - The program consists of 220 hours of instruction delivered within an 18-week format for professional studies training. Instruction is delivered online via Blackboard, and will focus on the following modules:

  • Foundations of Teaching
  • Instructional Design
  • Teaching and Learning Content Methods
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
  • Classroom Management
  • Current Trends and Issues in Education

Level I also requires six (6) scheduled instructor-led sessions using the VCCS compressed video network. Potential compressed video sites available for students to attend the required sessions are determined by the applicant pool each semester and are held at community college sites.

Field Placements/Classroom Observations - Students will be required to participate in a 40-hour field placement during Level I. This field placement is designed to allow students to become as involved as possible in the day-to-day activities in the school. Students may choose to extend their field placement beyond the 40-hour minimum, if approved. The field placement schedule is agreed upon and approved by the student, cooperating teacher, and the school administration. This portion of the training will occur during a single week during the semester. Participants may need to make arrangements for leave time from jobs in order to complete this requirement.

Level II - At the completion of Level I, the Program Director will apply for the student's 1-year Provisional (Career Switcher) License through the Virginia Department of Education.

Obtaining a teaching position:

  • Begin job search by contacting HR personnel in school divisions in the locality where you would like to teach.
  • Understand clearly your license and endorsements.
  • Submit applications to school divisions.
  • Stay in contact with the Level II Coordinator during the job search.
  • As soon as a position is accepted students should send school and administrator contact information to the Level II Coordinator and program director.

Mentoring - Career Switchers will be paired with a Career Switcher mentor coach for the first year. Support and follow-up are provided by the EducateVA Career Switcher Program. In addition, public school divisions typically assign a school-based mentor.

What is required?

  • Level I - Complete the 18-week program, which includes 40 hours of classroom field experience
  • Level II - Teach successfully with a provisional Career Switcher license for one full year, including some Saturday sessions and online training
  • After successful completion of Levels I and II, program participants are eligible to be recommended for a full 5-year renewable teaching license

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for the EducateVA program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and graduated with a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Have five (5) or more years of full time post-baccalaureate work experience
  • Have expertise in the Endorsement Area in which you would like to teach
  • Have taken and passed the required assessments (Praxis II and VCLA)
  • Have a 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

Information Sessions

Teaching can be challenging, exhausting - and the most rewarding career you'll ever have. At EducateVA, you can turn your existing education and job experience into the skills you need to make a difference.

To learn more, sign up for an Informational Webinar. Please try to register for a webinar at least 48 hours in advance as participant information needs to be entered ahead of time into our system. Registrants will not receive webinar login information until the day of the presentation. Register for an upcoming Information Session by visiting:


The deadline for Fall 2018 is May 16, 2018. Applications will be accepted after April 16, 2018. Those sent prior to April 16, 2018 will be held, but not reviewed, until the application window has opened. Applicants will be notified by email of the next steps for paying the application fee after April 16, 2018. 

Review the application process and requirements at

For more information and to see areas of endorsement go to or contact Workforce Solutions at or 434-832-7607.

Virginia residents intending to complete the State exam to obtain their credential may be eligible for State funding to reduce costs!

Course offerings, dates and times, and locations are subject to change without notice. For up-to-date information, please call the Workforce Solutions office. Financial Aid funds are limited, and availability of the reduced tuition costs are contingent upon the allocation and availability of state funds for the program. A student's best option for determining eligibility is to arrange an appointment with Workforce. For information on our cancellation and refund policies, visit our cancellation and refund policies page.