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 2020-2021 cohort due by July 31, 2020. To help you navigate your application process, use the Career Switcher Application Checklist to track your progress. Also see the VCU Career Switcher Application Flexibility Provisions due to COVID-19.

Career Switcher Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on State Police processing of Fingerprints/Background Checks, Career Switcher applications can still be submitted without these documents prior to July 31, 2020. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has given a grace period to complete these steps until January 1, 2021 to not hinder the submission of Career Switcher applications. VCU is working to establish an agreement with OneSource Background Check company as an alternative process to complete these tasks. Additional guidance will be forthcoming and posted to our website. Applicants who are provisionally admitted into the program must complete their Fingerprints/Background Checks prior to January 1, 2021 or prior to beginning clinical experiences.

The Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry documentation remains a requirement for admission. The Child Protective Services form must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Social Services (address on form). The fee is $10.00. You must have the form notarized prior to submitting with your application.

Additionally, due to the impact of COVID-19 on the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Career Switcher applications can still be submitted without passing VCLA and Praxis test results prior to July 31, 2020. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has given a grace period to complete these steps until January 1, 2021 to not hinder the submission of Career Switcher applications. Note, registration and testing information for the Praxis Tests at Home is now available. This option allows individuals to take most Praxis tests remotely at home or in another secure location. For more information, please visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website at ets.org/s/cv/praxis/the-americas. Applicants who are provisionally admitted into the program must take and pass all required licensure assessments prior to January 1, 2021.