• Bachelor’s degree or higher from regionally-accredited institution with a 2.5 GPA or higher

  • Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) – register here:

  • Passing scores on a PRAXIS Subject Assessment – register here:

  • Active Adult CPR/AED/Basic First Aid card or certificate, *Online portion currently only option due to COVID-19

    Dated Certificate of Completion for DSS Child Abuse and Neglect Module –  link found here: (

    Dated Certificate of Completion for VDOE Dyslexia Awareness Module – link found here:  (

    Dated Certificate of Completion for Restraint and Seclusion Module – link found here:  (

    Complete application packets include:

  • Applications should be mailed to:

    Post Office Box 85622
    Richmond, VA 23285

  • There is no application fee required until you are notified.

    VDOE Career Switcher application.  (pages 3-4 of 2021 application)

    • Do not send to Virginia Department of Education. Enclose in application package.
    • Print application and fill out in its entirety. Sign and date.  DO NOT PRINT TWO-SIDED.
    • Electronic signatures are not acceptable.

    EducateVA Cover Page (page 1 of 2021 application)

    • Allows applicants to indicate their preferred sites for instructional sessions.
    • Do not attach a resume to document work experience.

    Report on Experience form(s) (page 5 of 2021 application)

    • Must be signed by supervisor or Human Resources representative.  Electronic signatures are NOT acceptable.
    • Self-employed individuals may NOT sign for themselves.  Tax documentation is required.  Please contact the program office for more information.
    • Stay-At-Home Parents may submit two letters in lieu of the Report on Experience.  Specific guidelines must be followed.  Please contact the program office for more information.
    • Those who have served in the armed forces may submit a DD-214, in lieu of the Report on Experience.

    Criminal History Waiver form (page 6 of the 2021 application)

    • Background checks are conducted by the school divisions, not EducateVA, and may extend beyond criminal history to other public records, to include print, video, and social media.
    • NOTE – Any delay in the background check process can delay field placement assignments and impact program completion. No refund is available to those who cannot complete a field placement during the period allotted.

    Additional Details:

    PRAXIS Subject Assessment Official Score Report

    • Unofficial scores will not be accepted.
    • Test scores are not reported until 12-15 BUSINESS days after the testing window has closed for the month.
    • Applicants should plan to test at least three months prior to the application deadline.
    • For some World Languages, testing requirements vary.  Please contact our offices.

    VCLA Official Score Report

    • Test scores can take up to 10 days to be sent to testers.
    • Applicants must take both the Reading Comprehension and Writing portions of the test.
    • A composite score of 470 or higher is required.

    Official transcripts

    • Transcripts should be sent in the sealed envelope from the institution to be considered “official”.
    • Transcripts should be sent to you, not to the college or the EducateVA offices.
    • All college coursework, at the undergraduate and graduate level, including transfer courses and courses which have not led to a degree, should be documented.
    • Foreign transcripts must include a course-by-course evaluation by a VDOE approved evaluation agency.  You can find that list here: graduates_foreign_institutions

    Professional Essay

    • Submit a professionally-crafted essay (maximum 750 words) using the following prompt:  Reflecting on your previous educational and work experiences, what skills do you believe will serve you well as a future teacher?