Virginia Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
An individual who is employed by a Virginia school division or nonpublic school can be issued a three-year, nonrenewable provisional license upon the request of the Virginia employing educational agency if the individual:
The following requirements must be satisfied in order to become eligible for the five-year renewable license:
1. Professional Teacher’s Assessment (Please refer to the web site, Professional Teacher’s Assessment, for more detailed information regarding this requirement.)
2. Professional Studies Requirements: Professional studies course work specified below from a regionally accredited four-year institution or an alternative program for licensure may be submitted by the employing educational agency for review and approval by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education. Refer to the professional studies requirements listed in the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel.
Early/primary education, elementary education, and middle education – 18 semester hours
Early/primary prek-3 and elementary prek-6:
Middle Education 6-8
Special education – 18 semester hours
Adult education, Prek-12 endorsements, and secondary grades 6-12 endorsements – 15 semester hours
3. One year of successful, full-time teaching experience in the endorsement area in an accredited public or nonpublic school. A full-licensed experienced teacher must be available in the school building to assist the beginning teacher employed through the alternative route.