The Career Switcher program is an online alternate route to licensure that will prepare you to become a middle or high school teacher in as little as a year. Learn how to transition to teaching, manage your classroom and develop your curriculum. You'll also explore how to assess and evaluate students under the mentorship of a seasoned instructor. Through the alternative route to licensure program, you can earn initial licensure to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Regent's Career Switcher graduates come from all types of backgrounds and professions, such as ranking military, pastors, engineers, bankers and stay-at-home mothers. One thing they all have in common is a desire to be a teacher. If you have a passion for inspiring others through teaching, taking this journey will place you on a fulfilling path to changing children's lives through the power of education.
Regent's Career Switcher Program not only provides alternate teacher licensure for career switchers, it also provides the majority of the credits needed to obtain an M.Ed., which is the professional degree for teachers. By pursuing additional credits, Career Switcher licensure students may pursue the M.Ed. Individualized or M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction.
Delivery Format: Online
Total Credit Hours Required: 24
Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF
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 (e.g., language acquisition, reading across the curriculum and teaching children whose first language is not English) are included. School/family communications and ways of involving families in student learning are explored.
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.
Topics for the continued transition into teaching of Level II Career Switchers to include classroom management strategies, diversity in student learning and data-driven decision making. Course content will be linked to the VDOE requirements for teacher evaluation.
Development of the scholarly writing skills of entering graduate students, including consistent standards in grammar and punctuation, academic style, avoiding plagiarism and learning to critique academic works.
An online two-credit course designed to help acclimate students to Regent University and online learning. It will provide the knowledge, resources and essential skills needed for success at the graduate level. Topics include academic writing, online learning, information literacy, and advising and support services. It may be required for some students as a condition of admission, and may substitute for UNIV LIB Information Research and Resources and/or ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar.
In this exploding age of information, it is the objective of the library faculty to prepare graduates to be on the cutting edge of information technology. Information literacy is the ability to effectively access information for problem solving and decision making; thus, the knowledge and abilities you glean from this course will open doors to lifelong learning. It is imperative for graduate study research. Since the information learned in this course is a vital foundation for all other coursework, its completion is required within the first semester of study. The course takes approximately 10 hours to complete.
Application Process - Career Switcher
Note: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and five years of professional work experience required. All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.
Step 1: Application & Application Fee
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process.
Fee Waiver: Attend a graduate School of Education on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee.
Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.
Step 2: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: SOE Master's Application Pieces.
Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.
International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.
Step 3: Complete Your Admissions Survey
In lieu of the previously required writing sample, please complete a brief admissions survey based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete, but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objects with our programs. The admissions survey can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an enrollment counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.
Step 4: VDOE Application and Report on Experience
Submit the VDOE Career Switcher Application and Report on Experience Forms
Enrollment Support Services
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Step 5: Praxis II and VCLA Scores
Arrange to have official Praxis II and VCLA scores sent directly to Regent University. Regent ETS code: 5135
Prepare for your exams! Fall 2017 online courses: September 25-November 4.
Step 6: Admissions Interview
If an interview is necessary, the admissions office will contact you to schedule an appointment. The interview can be conducted on campus or over the phone and typically takes about 20 minutes.
Background Check: Because the program includes direct contact with students in field experiences, applicants to the Career Switcher Program must submit a background check. Regent University School of Education has entered into an agreement with Certified Background/Castle Branch (CB), a private vendor that conducts background checks for many universities and educational institutions. After you are admitted into the program, you will be provided instructions to set up an online profile with Certified Background and request your background check. Learn more.
First Aid, CPR, AED Training: Documentation that verifies completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The certification or training program shall be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Note: Starting September 1, 2017, VDOE will no longer accept training certificates obtained from an online source – training must be conducted in person.
Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is:
|Degree Level / Program||Cost Per Credit Hour|
|Career Switcher (CS)||$250|
|Technology Fee||$300 per term|
|Parking Fee (On-Campus Students Only)||$100 per term|
|Council of Graduate Students Fee (If Applicable)||$15 for spring or fall terms|
Estimated Cost of Attendance
View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.
A discounted tuition rate of $4,500 plus additional fees (subject to change without notice) for Level I of the program, and a discounted tuition rate of $2,550 plus additional fees (subject to change without notice) for Level II of the program. (Tuition rate listed is valid through Fall 2017 semester.) Note: Students are billed separately for Levels I and II.
Regent's Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure Program is the only program in the state of Virginia that is offered fully online — Although residency is not required, there are four mandatory on-campus workshops during Phase I (two Saturdays per semester).
How can I use a Career Switcher license?
The Career Switcher Program leads to middle or high school (grades 6-12) teacher certification in the state of Virginia upon the successful completion of all program requirements. Prior to beginning the program, applicants must submit passing scores for Praxis II and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).
What are the Career Switcher endorsement areas?
Business and Information Technology
Career & Technical Education*
English – Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages (PreK-12)*
Health and Physical Education (PreK-12)*
History and Social Science*
Middle Education* (6-8)
History and Social Sciences*
Science - Biology
Science - Chemistry
Science - Earth science
Science – Physics
Theatre Arts (PreK-12)
Visual Arts (PreK-12)
All endorsements are for grades 6-12 unless otherwise indicated.
* Indicates critical shortage areas for 2017-18 as defined by VDOE.
What are the Steps to Licensure?
Level I preparation includes a minimum of 180 clock hours of instruction, plus field experience. After completing Level I preparation, candidates are awarded a one-year Career Switcher Provisional License and are expected to obtain employment in a Virginia public or accredited non-public school. For Career Switcher Provisional License requirements, visit the Virginia Department of Education.
Level II preparation is taken during first year of teaching and consists of two courses and a mentorship — trained mentors are assigned to assist candidates throughout their first year of employment. Format includes one year in a full-time, paid teaching position at a public or accredited non-public school. Online courses and the mentorship take place during this time.
Military & Veterans
Regent University thanks members of the military for their service to the country, and our Career Switcher program is tailor-made to help them continue to serve in a different capacity – as teachers. The online delivery means you can start the program while still in the military, even if you are deployed on a ship or stationed overseas.
In addition, you may be eligible to receive the GI Bill* stipend based on the military’s housing allowance. Regent University is a fully participating Yellow Ribbon school, and has been awarded Best for Vets gold designation from the Military Times, 2017. Visit regent.edu/military for more details.
*“GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
The Career Switcher program welcomes mothers who have stayed at home to raise their children. We know this can be a full-time job! So, if you’re feeling the call to teach, the years you’ve spent at home can count as qualifying work experience. Our fully online delivery means you can plan your hours of study around your children’s schedule. Please contact an admissions counselor at 757.352.4479 for details.
Career Switcher Testimonials
Career Switchers have a desire to teach and help children learn. As they embark on their journey to make a difference in the world of education, each has a unique story to tell that bridges former life experiences with a renewed calling. Read these inspiring testimonials from Career Switcher alumni.
School of Education
"I am continually amazed at the doors that God has opened for me. Regent has enabled me to be prepared and confident in my skills so that I may answer God's call to service."
School of Education
2009 Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year
"A Regent education will open up doors for you. It certainly has for me."
School of Education
Head of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
"Regent's Christian education program taught me best practices in education, and the faculty inspired and challenged me to reach my full potential."
School of Education
"After nearly 25 years in the military and in business, Regent's Career Switcher program inspired me and prepared me to become a classroom teacher and an educational leader. I lean on what I learned there often."
School of Education
Principal, J.J. Roberts Elementary School
"If you are considering a career in teaching, consider preparing at Regent University."