Bring your Passion to the Future. Become a Teacher.

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Blue Ridge Community College hosts Career Switchers, a fast-track, alternative licensure program offered through 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.

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 on-site instruction, you can complete the teaching certification program within 18 weeks, with six Saturdays required on-site.

Hundreds of people just like you have used EducateVA’s Career Switcher program and are either actively teaching or in the process of obtaining their Virginia teaching license.

EducateVA has 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, and high school teaching requirements, so please contact EducateVA today for more information or to begin the process.

Do You Qualify?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Five or more years of full-time work experience
  • Passing scores on VCLA and appropriate PRAXIS Subject Assessment.
  • Ability to pass 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. 

What is Required?

  • Complete the 18-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 five-year renewable teaching license
  • Complete Level Two of the program during the one-year provisional period, which includes Saturday sessions and online training

Career Switcher Endorsement Areas

  • Middle School Mathematics (6-8)
  • Middle School Science (6-8)
  • Middle School English/Lang. Arts (6-8)
  • Mathematics (6-12) 
  • English (6-12)
  • Biology (6-12)
  • Chemistry (6-12)
  • Earth Science (6-12)
  • Physics (6-12)
  • Foreign Languages (K-12)
  • Health & PE (K-12)
  • Middle School Social Studies (6-8)
  • Social Studies (6-12)
  • Technology Education
  • Marketing Education
  • Business Education
  • Family & Consumer Sciences

Additional Information/Application

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