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).
Participation in the Career Switcher course modules do not award academic credits, nor will the program lead to a university degree.
Full Time Employment and Seminars. 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 Community Building and Trauma Informed Care, Closing the Achievement Gap: Creating Equity in the Classroom, Using Data for Student Growth - Work Sample Product and Final Program Portfolio, Exceptional Needs in the Regular Classroom (IEP development and implementation), and *Discipline Content Focus Workshops.
High-Quality Mentors. 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. We will support the existing training of district level mentors by offering mentors our Clinical Faculty training. Additionally, mentors will be invited to attend all participant seminars during Level II.
For those program participants successfully completing Level II, post-program graduates will be given access to continued professional development offered by the School of Education, Office of Strategic Engagement's Induction Team. 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 program cost is $5,000 for the Fall 2021 program (Level I). In order to begin the program, $1,500 will be due prior to the 1st weekend of the program (late August 2021). $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.
The $500 (Level II) fee will be due in the fall of 2022.
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/App3.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 June 30, 2021||Pass licensure exams and apply to program|
|June 30, 2021||Application packet due (early submission is strongly encouraged)|
|July 2021||Applications reviewed and invitations sent to Interview Day|
|Summer 2021||Interview Day and Program Orientation|
|August 2021||Classes Begin|
|August 2021-June 2022||Complete Level I coursework|
|Summer 2022||Seek employment; apply for provisional license|
|August 2022-June 2023||Complete 1st year of teaching; Complete Level II Seminars|
|June 2023||Apply for full licensure|