ODU Bringing Fast Track Teacher Certification Program to SVHEC

With a bachelor's degree and three year's work experience, Old Dominion University's Career Switcher Program could have you in a classroom in less than a year.

teacher2Old Dominion University is bringing its Career Switcher--Alternative Path to Licensure—program to the SVHEC. The unique offering allows individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any area and at least three years of work experience to become a certified teacher in less than one year.

“The SVHEC is thrilled to bring the ODU Career Switcher Program to Southern Virginia. This unique, accelerated program will help fill critical teaching positions with licensed teachers in the shortest amount of time. This is a great opportunity for those who want a career that makes a difference in our community,” said Dr. Betty H. Adams, SVHEC Executive Director.

There is a state-wide teacher shortage, with the Virginia Department of Education reporting 935 positions going unfilled in the 2017-2018 school year. Public school administrators in Southern Virginia indicate this trend is continuing.

With the 2018-2019 school year underway, there are more than 50 teacher openings in Region 8 school districts. Region 8 stretches across central and southern Virginia encompassing 12 school divisions including Halifax, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County Public Schools.

ODU’s Career Switcher Program will help address the regional teacher shortage by allowing individuals to quickly complete the requirements needed to become certified teachers. The program is flexible with classes offered in a hybrid online/face-to-face model. Financial assistance is available to qualified individuals.

To learn more about the ODU Career Switcher Program, visit https://www.odu.edu/cepd/career-switcher.