Professional Studies

Program Overview

The EducateVA program consists of two levels. Level I is comprised of online and face-to-face instruction. Level II is the post-coursework experience. After Level I, as a graduate seeks employment and during their first year of teaching, EducateVA partners with students  to guide and advise them, ensuring they receive the support they need to thrive as a new teacher. Additional instructional support is also offered through Level II modules and Saturday seminars.

Level I

The program consists of approximately 240-hours of instruction delivered within a 17/18-week format for professional studies training. Instruction is delivered online via Canvas, and will focus on the seven (7) modules.

Level I also requires seven (7) scheduled instructor-led sessions.  Sites across the Commonwealth are linked for live instruction and provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with their peers.

Field Placements/Classroom Observations

Students will be required to participate in a 40-hour field placement during Level I. This field placement is designed to allow students to become as involved as possible in the day-to-day activities in the school.  This portion of the training will occur during a single week during the semester and is arranged by the EducateVA staff.  Participants may need to arrange for leave time from jobs, in order to complete this requirement.

Level II

At the completion of Level I, the Program Director will apply for the student’s 1-year Provisional (Career Switcher) License through the Virginia Department of Education.  Candidates may seek out teaching positions in any Virginia public school division or at an accredited private school.  Once under contract students are eligible for Level II

Ongoing support

Career Switchers will be paired with a Career Switcher faculty observer for the first year. Support is provided by the EducateVA Career Switcher Program. In addition, public school divisions typically assign a school-based mentor.

Professional Licensure

After completion of all Career Switcher program requirements and one successful year of teaching, upon recommendation from the school division, the Career Switcher is eligible for a renewable professional 10-year license.