The Career Switcher Program at VCU is an approved alternate route to teacher licensure in Virginia. Our program is designed for prospective teachers from different career and life experiences and focuses on the needs of school divisions serving marginalized and high-poverty communities. This accelerated program will move prospective teachers into the classroom within one year, with the support of experienced faculty and teacher mentors. Current teachers who are in the first year of a provisional license may enroll in Level I of the Career Switcher Program and become eligible for a full license after completion of Level II.*



Bachelor’s degree

Three years full-time work experience or its equivalent

Passing scores on the VA qualifying exams (VCLA and PRAXIS subject assessment)