Steps to Licensure for the Career Switcher Program

After completing Level I preparation, Career Switcher candidates must submit an application for the state Eligibility License. The Eligibility license is a temporary one year license which allows the candidate to teach in his or her content area and be considered "highly qualified" by the VA Department of Education. Candidates are expected to seek and obtain employment in a Virginia public or accredited nonpublic school and begin Level II.

Jointly, with the program advisor, candidates are responsible for submitting a completed licensure application packet (to include the materials listed below) to Kenyetta Veal, Certification Officer in the School of Education When the packet is complete, she will sign the college verification form and forward it to the Virginia State Department of Education. In order to complete the packet, students must do the following:

  1. Complete the Career Switcher application for Virginia Licensure PDFrequired by the Virginia State Department of Education. The original application completed for program admission will be used for the state licensure application process.

  2. Resume documenting at least five years of full-time work experience or its equivalent (included with original program application).

  3. Certified documentation by program advisor of the completion of teaching area requirements for an endorsement in a content area or the equivalent through verifiable experience or academic study.

  4. Please include all OFFICIAL transcripts from all colleges and universities in your packet that you send to the School of Education (Please remember: official transcripts MUST remain sealed). This includes an official Regent University transcript. All transcripts must show the grades for your final semester of classes. (Additional transcripts must be submitted beyond those required during your admission to the Career Switcher Program.)

  5. Documentation of official passing scores of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment and Praxis II must be sent to the School of Education. (Copies accepted)

  6. Documentation that verifies completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The certification or training program shall be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit:

  7. Send Rebecca Vickers a certified check, money order, personal check or cashier's check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. The in-state fee is $50 and the out-of-state fee is $75. Note: The fee is determined by the address on your application. A $25 processing fee is assessed for a returned check.
Initial Licensure
Out-of-state (based on address on application)


All materials must be submitted to by the following deadlines:

Degree Completion Date
Materials due date
Fall semester
December 31
Spring semester
May 15
Summer semester
August 15

Mail the completed application packet and fee to the address below. We recommend that you track your application packet by mailing them via FedEx, USPS, or UPS.

Regent University, School of Education
ATTN: Rebecca Vickers
1000 University Drive
School of Education - ADM 266
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
You may also hand-deliver your packet to the Administration Building, Suite 266
(see campus map) PDF 124K.

Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact Rebecca Vickers at 888.713.1595 or

For any additional information, please visit the Virginia Department of Education.