Phase 2: Program Schedule and Fees
Level I of the VCU SOE Pathways to Teaching: Career Switcher Program consists of 18 weekend face-to-face module sessions within a one-year period. The program is flexible and allows candidates who have full-time jobs to schedule night and weekend classes. Most candidates will be able to complete Level I in an academic year.
Payment And Refund Policy
The program cost is $5,000 for the Fall 2020 program (Level I). In order to begin the program, $1,500 will be due prior to the 1st weekend of the program (August 28, 2020). $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 2021.
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): 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.
Face-to-Face 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 face-to-face modules over a two-semester period. 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 their Level I face-to-face modules can be issued a Provisional Career Switcher license "PRCS" and are eligible for employment provisionally (one year).
The face-to-face 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 face-to-face 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.
Additionally, 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.
- August 15 - December 10: Friday from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (every other weekend excluding holidays)
- January 21 - June 1: Friday from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (every other weekend excluding holidays)
- 11 hours face-to-face instruction (11 hours x 18 weekends = 198 hrs.), plus 30 hrs. additional field experience
- Now – July: Pass licensure exams and Apply to program
- July – August 2020: Application Review and Interview Day
- August – June: Level I
- August 2020: Candidate Applies/Receives VDOE Provisional License
- Employment Application
- June – September: Division Employment Offer
- Ongoing: Principal Interviews & School Placement
- Ongoing: Level II Part I Seminars/Mentoring
- Ongoing: Level II Part II VCU Induction