Career Switcher Program
Interested in obtaining your Virginia Teaching license through an accelerated route?
If you currently hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally credited university and have at least five years full time work experience or its equivalent, the Career Switcher program may be for you!
The Career Switcher Program was created by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to provide an alternative pathway into teaching for individuals who have not completed a teacher preparation curriculum but who have considerable life experiences, career achievements, and academic backgrounds that are relevant for teaching in grade 6 - 12. Please note: the Career Switcher Program is not an approved entry into elementary teaching, special education, or as an add-on to an existing license.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY'S CAREER SWITCHER PROGRAM by attending one of our upcoming Open House events. Click here for dates, locations and to RSVP. Our webpages are also filled with details regarding our CS program. Please choose from the topics within the modules on this page.
Why Choose Shenandoah University's Career Switcher Program?
EXPERIENCE COUNTS! Shenandoah University is in our twelfth year of offering the state-approved Career Switcher program. Some of the unique features to our program include:
- All face-to-face instruction
- Small (restricted) class sizes
- A teaching practicum field experience in Phase I
- Methods of Instruction modules in your area of endorsement
- Interview Skills Workshop to prepare Career Switchers for teaching interviews
For additional information regarding our program, please choose from the topics within the modules on this page.
"The program was very thorough and I felt was well organized . . . I feel that I am fully prepared and confident to teach now." -- David C.