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Career Switcher Program - Required Courses

Required During First Semester

  • EDUC 500 Online Orientation - 0 credits
  • UNIV LIB Information, Research, and Resources - 0 credits

Level I (Coursework + Classroom Practicum Experiences)

  • EFND 530 Foundations in Education for Transitioning Professionals – 3 credits
  • EFND 531 Exploring the Curriculum (+5 hour practicum) - 3 credits
  • EFND 532 Classroom Management for Transitioning Teachers (+5 hour practicum) - 3 credits
  • EFND 533 Teaching Students Effectively (+5 hour practicum) - 3 credits
  • EFND 534 Assessment & Evaluation Techniques (+5 hour practicum) – 3 credits
  • EFND 535 Child & Adolescent Growth & Development for Transitioning Teachers (+5 hour practicum) - 3 credits

Level II: (Seminars + 1 year full-time contracted teaching)

  • EFND 536 Advanced Practices I for Transitioning Teachers - 3 credits
  • EFND 537 Advanced Practices II for Transitioning Teachers - 3 credits

Total: 24 credits

Upon successful completion of Level I, students apply for the one-year Career Switcher Provisional License through the Virginia Department of Education prior to entering Level II of the program. After one year of successful full-time contracted teaching experience, students are eligible to be considered for the 5-year renewable Professional License. This consideration has to be approved by the contracted school division.

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Career Switcher Program - Course Descriptions

EDUC 500 Online Orientation (0) Required during the first semester of enrollment in some programs; acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform off which online classes are launched.

EFND 530 Foundations in Education for Transitioning Professionals (3) Understand the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations underlying the role, development and organization of public education in the United States.  Attention will be given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws e.g. SOLs; child abuse regulations. The concept of school as an organization /culture and contemporary issues in education are included.  School / family communications and ways of involving families in student learning are explored.

EFND 531 Exploring the Curriculum (3) Understand the presuppositions of worldviews and then examine content for evidence of different worldviews. Integrate character principles into the school environment and curriculum. Examine curriculum content and its relationship to cognitive development as a tool for designing instruction to promote higher-level thinking.

EFND 532  Classroom Management for Transitioning Teachers (3) Develop an understanding and application of classroom and behavior management techniques. Effective intervention strategies will be presented and practiced.  Diverse approaches to classroom management will be presented based on upon behavioral, cognitive, affective, social and ecological theory and practice.  Teacher / student relationships are examined together with classroom community building.

EFND 533  Teaching Students Effectively (3) Focus on classification and sequencing learning outcomes. Review the principles of learning, the application of skills in discipline-specific methodology, communication processes, selection and use of resources, including media and technology.  Examine the relationships among assessment, instruction, and monitoring student progress.

EFND 534 Assessment & Evaluation Techniques (3) Using the principles of educational measurement, construct and interpret valid assessments using a variety of formats in order to measure student attainment of essential skills in a standards-based environment. Develop the ability to analyze assessment data to make decisions about how to improve instruction and evaluate and improve student performance. Emphasis will be placed on the design of “alternative” and traditional assessment instruments.

EFND 535 Child & Adolescent Growth & Development for Transitioning Teachers (3)  A study of the physical, cognitive, cultural, social/emotional, spiritual, and psychological development of children and adolescents with an emphasis on knowing and understanding theories of human development, and incorporating children’s individual differences to guide learning experiences. 

EFND 536 Advanced Practices I for Transitioning Teachers (3) Topics for the continued transition into teaching of Level II Career Switchers, to include classroom management strategies, diversity in student learning; reading in content areas. Course content will be linked to the VDOE requirements for teacher evaluation.

EFND 537 Advanced Practices II for Transitioning Teachers (3) Topics for the continued transition into teaching of Level II Career Switchers, including advanced classroom management; technology in teaching; inclusion and special needs in a regular classroom. Course content will be linked to the VDOE requirements for teacher evaluation.

UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.

NOTE: Upon successful completion of Level I, students apply for the one-year Eligibility License through Regent University and the Virginia Department of Education prior to entering Level II of the program. After one year of full-time contracted teaching experience, students may be eligible to be considered for the five-year renewable Professional License. This decision must be approved by the contracted school division.

Students may continue their studies by applying for a master's degree.

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