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Get Started

Step 1
Prepare for required assessments (Praxis II and VCLA). Praxis II preparation courses may be found here.
Step 2
Successfully complete the following assessments: Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and Praxis II (preferably in a high-need subject area).
Step 3
Apply for admission to the Career Switcher program at Regent University.
Step 4
Complete six accelerated teacher-education courses at Regent University (4-8 months), then apply for your Virginia Provisional Teaching License.
Step 5
Successfully teach your first year with Norfolk Public Schools, as a fully paid teacher under the instruction of an assigned mentor.
Step 6
Having successfully completed all of the above, apply for your full Virginia Professional Teaching License.

Fast-track to the Classroom

Getting started through the Career Switcher program is easy. If you have a bachelor’s degree and are willing to teach a high-need subject area, you can begin teaching in your own classroom in just a matter of months. The School of Education, in conjunction with the State of Virginia, offers a unique licensure program that will prepare you for a successful teaching career with completion of just 24 credit hours.

Here’s all you need to qualify for your teaching licensure:

  • Four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (in any field)
  • Five years work or life experience
  • Passing scores on the Praxis II Exam
  • Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

Our program also offers you these unique benefits:

  • Only six courses required
  • Easy continuation to earning a master's degree
  • Online courses to accommodate even the busiest schedules
  • Paid salary upon entering classroom with provisional license, eliminating traditional gratis student-teacher phase
  • A discounted tuition rate of $4,230 plus additional fees (subject to change without notice) for Level I of the program, and a discounted tuition rate of $2,410 plus additional fees (subject to change without notice) for Level II of the program. (Tuition rate listed is valid through Summer 2013 semester.) Note: Students are billed separately for Levels I and II.
  • Career Switcher students may apply for federal financial aid by filling out the FAFSA.

Through Regent University’s Career Switcher program, we’ll help prepare you for each of the exams and move you quickly into your new profession. If you would like to continue your graduate studies, you can also earn a master’s degree with additional credit hours.

Learn more about the School of Education's Career Switcher Program