Prior to mailing your completed application, fill out the Applicant Intent Form found here.  Do not fill out the form until you are ready to submit a completed application packet for the upcoming semester.


Applications should be mailed to:

Post Office Box 85622
Richmond, VA 23285

There is no application fee required until you are notified.


Complete application packets include:

VDOE Career Switcher application.  (pages 4-5 of the Application 2024)

  • 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 3 of the Application 2024)

  • 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 6 of the Application 2024)

  • 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 7 of the Application 2024)

  • 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.


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?