There are multiple routes to licensure in Virginia. Please visit the following web page for more information: Virginia Licensure.
Approved Teacher Education Program
Through a Virginia Department of Education state-approved teacher preparation program or an alternative licensure state approved program, educators can become eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia.
Career Switcher Program
The Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure Program is designed to provide an option for career professionals to enter Virginia classrooms.
Individuals coming from out of state to Virginia may qualify for a Virginia teaching license in one or more comparable endorsement areas if the individual has completed a state-approved teacher preparation program. Visit the following page for more information.
An alternative route to licensure is available through the recommendation of an individual’s employing Virginia school division or nonpublic school. Visit the following page for more information.
Special Education Licensure
If you are interested in becoming a licensed Special Education teacher in Virginia, please visit the following page for more information.
Contact Information for Questions about Licensure in Virginia
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218