Virginia Licensure

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.

State approved Teacher Preparation Programs

Career Switcher Program

The Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure Program is designed to provide an option for career professionals to enter Virginia classrooms.

VA Career Switcher Program


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.

Virginia Reciprocity

Alternative Licensure

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.

Alternative Licensure

Special Education Licensure

If you are interested in becoming a licensed Special Education teacher in Virginia, please visit the following page for more information.

Virginia Licensure

Contact Information for Questions about Licensure in Virginia

Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218