Teacher & Administrator Preparation

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Options for Pursuing a Career

A number of traditional and non-traditional options are available for persons interested in pursuing a career in education.

Traditional Route

Alternative Routes

An individual may be eligible for an educator license even if an approved traditional educator preparation program was not completed.  An alternate route to licensure is any route to licensure that is not an approved teacher preparation program or via reciprocity.  There are multiple alternate routes to licensure in Virginia. An individual may have allowable deficiencies and must be employed in a public school division or accredited nonpublic school to be issued a provisional license through an alternate route.

  • Career Switcher, Alternative Route to Licensure
    This program is designed to assist individuals from various occupational and life experiences become classroom teachers. Persons interested in this option must apply for admission to one of colleges and institutions around the state offering a certified program.
  • iteach, Alternate Route to Licensure - This program is a competency-based preparation program for educators that combines the convenience of online learning with the support of face-to-face mentorship. Persons interested in this option must seek employment with an approved partnering school division and meet identified requirements prior to applying with iteach. 
  • Troops to Teachers (TTT) Virginia Center - TTT Virginia Center is Virginia's program for the Troops to Teachers National Office and is administered by William & Mary for the Virginia Department of Education.


Regional Accreditation Organizations

Teacher Leader