Program Schedule and Fees
Course of Study
The VCU Career Pathways: Career Switcher Program consists of three levels. Level I, Level II, and Level III.
Hybrid Course Modules and Field Experiences*
In the first year of the program, Pathways to Teaching: Career Switcher Program participants complete 18 different Friday evening/all day Saturday intensive instructional modules over a two-semester period. Instruction will be presented in a hybrid format which will require some traditional face-to-face classsroom instruction and some online instruction. Participants will complete field experience (30 hours total) in a secondary school setting appropriate for licensure endorsement alignment and future employment. Those participants completing PreK-12 endorsements will have an additional field experience in the lower grade levels for 20 hours. Participants who successfully complete Level I modules can be issued a Provisional Career Switcher license "PRCS" and are eligible for employment provisionally (one year).
Instructional Course Modules
Historical and Sociopolitical Perspectives
Curriculum and Instruction
Growth, Development, and Resilience
Literacy Across the Content Areas
Building Relationships and Positive Classrooms
Participation in the Career Switcher course modules do not award academic credits, nor will the program lead to a university degree.
Download Level II Requirements 2021-2022.
Full Time Employment and Seminars
Upon completion of Level I requirements and securing a teaching position, Career Switcher participants should complete the Level II Employment Form.
Preparation begins during the first year of employment. The centerpiece of this experience will be a regular seminar series to build content-area expertise and master essential teaching skills. These seminars will be practical and personalized for the needs of each cohort around general topics such as Cultrually Responsive Classrooms, Using Data to Drive Instruction, and Accomodations for Special Populations. A minimum of 5 Level II seminars (20 instructional hours) will be required.
Level II Seminars
Level II participants must attend a minimum of five seminars. Required sessions are denoted with an asterisk (*) and will be offered twice to ensure all participants can attend on one of the two dates. All sessions will be held virtually on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Level II participants will receive registration details prior to each session.
Level II Seminar Schedule
|September 18, 2021 and February 5, 2022||
|October 9, 2021||
Equity, UDL, and Positive Classroom Environments - This session will review principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to support equity. Challenges and opportunities will be shared to enhance positive classroom environments and address student behavioral concerns.
|November 6 2021 and January 8, 2022||
Using Classroom Data to Drive Instruction* - This session will address the multiple sources of data that teachers use to inform instruction. A review of formative, summative, and other assessment types will be presented, along with strategies for using data to drive instructional decisions
|December 4, 2021 and March 5, 2022||
Accommodations and Supports for Special Populations* - This session will provide strategies for working with special populations of students such as students with disabilities and English language learners. Classroom accommodations and modifications will be shared to promote the success of students who may need specialized support.
|January 8, 2022||
Maximizing Student Engagement in a Virtual World: The Concurrent Learning Perspective - Student engagement is imperative to creating a classroom environment that meets the unique needs of all learners. This session will provide strategies to maximize student engagement by sharing instructional strategies that can be used in traditional classrooms and in virtual environments. The use of technology and interactive learning tools will be emphasized.
|February 5, 2022||
Leveraging SEL to Support Student and Teacher Wellness - Social Emotional Learning (SEL) promotes equity and excellence in schools through a process of developing skills and healthy relationships with others. This session will provide practical strategies to leverage SEL techniques to promote student and teacher wellness.
|March 5, 2022||
Filling in the Gap: Adjusting Instruction to Address Learning Goals - This session will emphasize differentiation and instructional techniques to address learning gaps. Specific challenges and opportunities presented by planning, pacing guides, assessments, and other schoolwide expectations will be addressed.
In addition to the district assigned mentor, a two-year VCU Mentor Induction program will be provided, including a customized mentorship/coaching program throughout the first two years of teaching. Additionally, mentors will be invited to attend all participant seminars during Level II.
Level II Fees
The Level II fee of $500 will be due prior to the start of Level II, but no later than September 15, 2021. Link to submit Program Fee (Level II): https://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/ipay/SOE/App4.aspx
For those program participants successfully completing Level II, post-program graduates will be given access to continued professional learning opportunities offered by the School of Education and the Office of Strategic Engagement. A second-year induction program will be provided for the teachers in their second year (after the regular renewable license), including a career coach who will provide support during their second year as teacher of record.
The total cost for the program is $5,500 which includes $5,000 for Level I and $500 for Level II.
Level I: The cost for Level I is $5,000. In order to begin the program, $1,500 will be due prior to the 1st weekend of the program (late August). $500 will be due on the first of the month for the next 7 months beginning on October 1. Late fees will be applied to late payments. Additional costs for resources and materials may occur during the course of the program.
Level II: The $500 fee for Level II will be due prior to the start of Level II.
Once classes begin, program withdrawals and refunds are considered on a case-by-case basis. Withdrawal and refund requests must be made in writing to the VCU School of Education's Office of Strategic Engagement. Withdrawal requests are then reviewed by the Executive Director, whose decision is final. Any authorized tuition refund will be pro-rated depending upon the request submission date.
Link to submit Program Fee (Level I $1,500 Deposit): https://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/ipay/SOE/App2.aspx
Link to submit Program Fee (Level II): https://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/ipay/SOE/App4.aspx
*Fees do not include the cost of textbooks, entry assessment, Virginia Department of Education licensure application fees, first aid, CPR/AED training, or fingerprinting/criminal background check.
|Now thru Spring 2022||Pass licensure exams and apply to program|
|June 3, 2022||Application packet due (early submission is strongly encouraged)|
|Early July 2022||Applications reviewed and invitations sent to Interview Day|
|Summer 2022||Interview Day and Program Orientation|
|August 2022||Classes Begin (estimated begin date August 22-26)|
|August 2022-June 2023||Complete Level I coursework|
|Summer 2023||Seek employment; apply for provisional license|
|August 2023-June 2024||Complete 1st year of teaching; Complete Level II Seminars|
|June 2024||Apply for full licensure|