VCU SOE Pathways to Teaching: Career Switcher Program

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The School of Education recognizes the importance of multiple pathways for entrance into the teaching profession and for attaining teaching licensure credentials. The VCU SOE Pathways to Teaching: Career Switcher Program is an accelerated educator preparation program that will move prospective teachers into the classroom early, as a full-time teacher, earning a salary, while working with experienced teachers and university education faculty.

The Pathways to Teaching: Career Switcher Program is distinctive in its focus on recruitment and admission of highly qualified teacher education candidates, a curriculum with strong pedagogical principles based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the involvement of the community as vital partners, competency-based exit requirements that ensure teachers are equipped to be successful in urban and high needs classrooms, and a Level II VCU Induction Mentor Program.

Upcoming Dates

Application Packets for 2021-2022 cohort due by June 30, 2021. To help you navigate your application process, use the Career Switcher Application Checklist to track your progress.

Career Switcher Program - Frequently Asked Questions