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Beth Lambert, Regent Career Switcher
Beth Lambert
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Career Switcher, 2010

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Online Program Overview

The Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure program is designed to enable individuals from various occupational and life experiences to make a career switch to teaching and become a middle school or high school teacher. Our Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) approved Career Switcher Program provides initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia in addition to 24 graduate-level credits that can be counted toward the completion of a Master's Degree in Education.

Career Switcher Program Highlights

Curriculum: View Course Sequence & Descriptions
Endorsement Areas: View available endorsement areas.
Length: 24 graduate-level credits. Complete coursework (Level I) and first year of teaching (Level II) in as little as 16 months.
Level I Format — Courses are offered entirely online. All students will participate in 25 hours of practicum experience in a Virginia classroom. Additionally, at least one in-person seminar will be held on campus each semester as required by the VDOE (full details will be provided by the program advisor).
Level II Format — Level II is one year in a full-time, paid teaching position at a public or accredited non-public school. Additional online coursework and mentorship take place during this time.
Results: Highly Qualified – Recommended to the Virginia Department of Education for the Career Switcher Provisional License & 5-year renewable Virginia License.
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Features: A one-year, full-time, paid teaching position to be obtained by the student once they have received their Career Switcher Provisional License and mentor support for students in their first year of teaching.

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Discounted Tuition

A discounted tuition rate of $4,500 plus additional fees (subject to change without notice) for Level I of the program, and a discounted tuition rate of $2,550 plus additional fees (subject to change without notice) for Level II of the program. (Tuition rate listed is valid through Fall 2015 semester.) Note: Students are billed separately for Levels I and II.

Master's Option

Regent's Career Switcher Program not only provides alternate teacher licensure for career switchers, it also provides more than half of the credits needed to obtain an M.Ed. By pursuing additional credits, Career Switcher Certificate students may pursue the M.Ed. Individualized or M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction.

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The Headmaster is a Career Switcher
Pat McCarty, '09 alumnus, is in his second year as Headmaster of Norfolk Christian Schools. Pat taught high school math and science prior to being selected for leadership by the school's trustees who recognized his wealth of experience from previous careers in the military, in service industries, and in the corporate world.

Career Switcher Alumna's Music Reaches Children With Special Needs
Teresa Habib, '12 alumna, says music bridges a communication gap for students who face learning difficulties. She completed Regent University's School of Education's Career Switcher program to become an elementary school music teacher in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Now's she teaming up with friends to make music more accessible to students with special needs. Read more »

Regent Alumni Named Rookie of the Year
Career Switcher Program completer, Mark Howerin, was recently selected as Rookie Teacher of the Year by Suffolk Public Schools. Mark is currently teaching math at Turlington Woods School.

Career Switcher joins her Alma Mater
Cheryl Beauchamp, '11 alumna, has recently been hired by Regent University to teach computer science to undergraduate students. Prior to this appointment Cheryl earned her full license in Virginia and then relocated with her naval spouse and their children to California where she taught STEM subjects in Coronado HS.

Career Switcher Consultant
Chris Martinez, '07 alumnus, is currently a consultant with the Richland One School at the Center for Educator Quality in Columbia, South Carolina, having taught math in Virginia and more recently in Missouri where he also served as an assistant principal in a middle school.

From Russia with Math
Natalia Popko, '09 alumna, is the grade level head of math in Bayside MS in Virginia Beach. Born and raised in Russia, Natalia worked in banking in the USA before transitioning to teaching.


Career Switcher Program completers will be able to:

  • Achieve and demonstrate competence in the academic content areas that they plan to teach.
  • Demonstrate the pedagogical knowledge and skills to become competent to work with a variety of students in accordance with professional standards.
  • Demonstrate responsive, caring, and reflective teaching skills informed by the School of Education’s conceptual framework and the program completer’s personal faith.
  • Transition successfully from a former career to a career in teaching.

Note: The Career Switcher program is not a degree-seeking program. The program alone will lead to licensure.

"If I had taken this Career Switcher program when I first started teaching in an independent school, I would have been saved a lot of struggle and difficulty. This program has helped me to give further structure, guidance, and options for the teaching I do in the classroom, as well as unlearn bad habits that have developed. Hopefully I will be a more effective teacher this upcoming year as a result."

Paul Gyorfi, 2012 Career Switcher

Gainful Employment

Information for Compliance with the Implementation of Regulatory Requirements Related to Gainful Employment Programs

This data represents non-degree seeking students only, who comprise less than 5% of the program's enrollment. The other 95% are degree seeking students, the majority of which are consistently hired to teach in a public or independent school. Click here to learn more.