M.Ed. – Career Switcher – Initial Licensure

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Become a Teacher: An Alternate Route to Licensure

Have you dreamed about becoming a teacher, but feel stuck in your current career path? You're not alone. 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. Through this alternate route to licensure, you can earn initial licensure to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Let our award-winning faculty help prepare you to become a middle or high school teacher, so you can start changing lives through the power of education.


Enjoy teaching opportunities in public and private schools.


Inspire children to aim higher and dream bigger.


Meet the education needs of today's students.

Presented from a Christian worldview, this degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach.

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Master's option available!

Fully online

8-week course sessions




Take Your Career to the Next Level

Upon completion of this concentration, you'll be able to:

  • Assess and evaluate students under the mentorship of a seasoned instructor.
  • Smoothly transition from former career to teaching.
  • Manage a classroom and develop curriculum.

Career Opportunities

  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

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2018-2019 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.


Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Wednesday, August 15

Monday, August 27

Session M

Wednesday, September 12

Monday, September 24

Session B

Wednesday, October 17

Monday, October 29

Session C

Wednesday, January 2

Monday, January 14

Session T

Wednesday, January 30

Monday, February 11

Session D

Wednesday, March 6

Monday, March 18

Session E

Wednesday, May 1

Monday, May 13

Session F

Wednesday, June 12

Monday, June 24

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 transcripts@regent.edu 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.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 3: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

In lieu of the previously required writing sample, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire 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 questionnaire 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

Mailing Address:
Regent University
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

  • For more information or to register for the Praxis, visit www.ets.org.
  • For more information or to register for the VCLA, visit www.va.nesinc.com.*

*Preparation for the VCLA

*Preparation for Praxis II

Step 6: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Simply scan and upload a copy of your driver's license, high school ID, passport, permanent resident card or official government ID card, using our secure and convenient online tool. If you would prefer to take a picture of your government-issued ID and email that to our office, please attach your ID and email to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 7: 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.

Additional Requirements

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 2018-2019 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Career Switcher (CS) $250 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Library Orientation $50 (one-time fee)
Blackboard Orientation $50 (one-time fee)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance
View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Discounted Tuition
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 2018 semester.) Note: Students are billed separately for Levels I and II.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

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*

Computer Science

Dance (PreK-12)


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*

Marketing Education


Middle Education* (6-8)




     History and Social Sciences*

Music (PreK-12)

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.


Stay-at-Home Mothers

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.

M.Ed. – Career Switcher – Initial Licensure