VDOE Approves VCU Career Switcher Program, Expansion of Online Regent Program Also Approved


The Virginia Department of Education has certified Virginia Commonwealth University to offer a career switcher program for professionals seeking second careers as classroom teachers. The department also approved the expansion of Regent University’s established online career switcher program to include elementary education.

“Career switcher programs offer professionals an accelerated route to begin rewarding second careers as classroom teachers,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “This alternative route to licensure for qualified professionals is an important component of the commonwealth’s overall strategy for addressing the teacher shortage facing many of our school divisions. I congratulate VCU and Regent University for their vision and commitment to helping our schools meet this challenge.”

As of 2018, there were 2,844 career switcher program graduates teaching in Virginia public schools. In addition, 30 educators who began teaching careers as career switchers were serving as principals or assistant principals.

VCU’s newly established Pathways to Teaching program has been approved to offer routes to teaching careers in the following areas:

  • English
  • English as a Second Language PreK-12
  • Mathematics and Algebra I (add-on endorsement)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics)
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Health and Physical Education PreK-12
  • Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish)
  • Career and Technical Education (Business and Information Technology, Marketing Education, Technology Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences)
  • Computer Science


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