Virginia Alternative
Teacher Certification

Apply today and begin your journey to the classroom in Virginia.

The Road to Teacher Certification in
Virginia is Simple

  • Apply and Enroll
  • Train and Prepare
  • Teach with Full Pay
  • Get Licensed

Apply and Enroll

1-2 Weeks on Average

It’s time to be the teacher
you’ve always wanted to be.

Train and Prepare

8-12 Weeks on Average

Once you enroll, complete the following requirements to start teaching in the classroom.

Teach with Full Pay

1 Year

You will complete a one-year (two-semester) paid residency/ field experience where you will be employed full-time as a teacher in your content field. In this position, you receive the salary and benefits of a first-year teacher.

Get Licensed

2-4 Weeks on Average

  • Submit official university transcripts that include your graduating GPA
  • Complete Introductory Course 5000
  • Pay your $250 enrollment fee
  • Acknowledge your Letter of Agreement

*Program admission requirements differ for individuals already teaching on a Provisional License with an Approved Partner

Online and Self-Paced Pre-Hire Instructional Coursework
  • Pre-Hire Courses include:
    • TCVA 5000
Pass your Content Exam(s)
  • Refer to the ETS Praxis test overview for Virginia to identify the content test, Praxis, that you wish to take and pass for licensure OR demonstrate specific content area competencies.
  • We know testing can be stressful, but we have been there and are here to help you with free test preparation resources from Passage Preparation.
Set up your Payment Plan
Once everything is complete, you will apply for a Provisional Teaching License with your partnering school division’s HR team.
Prepare for Your Residency
  • You must secure your own residency/ field experience through an application and interview process with a partnering division.
  • Check out our teacher job board to find opportunities near you.
Supervision and Mentoring During Residency

During the residency/ field experience, your school will provide you with a supervisor and conduct the state requirements for assessing your performance in the classroom.


Complete Coursework

Core Courses

TCVA 5100 – Learning Environments
TCVA 5200 – Learner Development
TCVA 5300 – Planning for Instruction & Assessments
TCVA 5400 – Literacy, 21st Century Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
TCVA 5500 – Learner Differences and Adaptations for Students with Disabilities
TCVA 5600 – Diverse Populations, ELLs, & BILSs

Elementary Teacher Sequence

CCVA 9002 – Teaching Elementary English
CCVA 9003 – Teaching Elementary Math
CCVA 9904 – Teaching Elementary Science
CCVA 9905 – Teaching Elementary Social Studies

Special Education 

CCVA 6600 – Teaching Special Education
CCVA 6601 – Special Education in the School Community
CCVA 6602 – Methods for Teaching Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities
CCVA 6603 – Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities

  • Complete other VA Statutory Requirements
  • Successfully complete your field experience
  • Paid your iteach program fee in full

    Virginia Program

    Admission Requirements

    Take the first step to acceptance into our training program. Here are our admission requirements:

    Bachelor's Degree

    Your degree must be from an accredited college or university.

    Minimum 2.5 GPA

    Submit official university transcripts that include your graduating GPA on your official transcripts.

    Content Area

    iteach can help you get certified for specific subject areas. All teachers must meet specific criteria set by the state of Virginia to teach a subject. This requirement is often referred to as your “certification area” or your “content area.”

    Contact us about your area of interest and location as each division has different hiring practices.


    Virginia Pricing

    Our pricing was created with you in mind. $0 to apply. $250 to enroll.


    to Apply

    Complete an online application in just a few minutes and take the first step toward your new teaching career.


    to Enroll

    Once accepted, you pay your $250 enrollment fee and you can immediately begin taking your first course.


    Total Cost

    Pay $0 / month until you start your two-semester field experience. Pay your remaining balance in interest-free installments until your field experience, for which you will receive full pay, is complete.

    What You Get:

    • Robust CAEP-certified online courses
    • Onsite 1:1 supervision throughout your teaching residency
    • Opportunity to earn up to 12 graduate credits toward a master's degree
    • Subscription to Teaching Channel’s 1,600 video library showcasing instructional practices
    • Enrollment in innovative test preparation courses to help you pass your state-required exams

    Download the Virginia

    Alternative Certification Guide

    Need more information about alternative certification in Virginia?
    Complete the form below, and we will send you all the information you
    need about our program.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You may apply at any time; iteach enrolls students on a continual basis. 

    No. No matter what bachelor’s degree you have, it’s your subject matter expertise, combined with your successful completion of our program, that makes you eligible to teach.  We’ll teach you what you need to know and do in order to be a successful teacher yourself. 

    Please refer to the ETS Praxis test overview for Virginia here to identify the Praxis, content test, that you will be required to take and pass for state licensure.

    No, iteach is not an institution of higher education. Therefore, the program does not qualify for financial aid.

    You can complete all program-required instructional coursework within as little as three months. The entire iteach program, including your teaching residency, is designed to be completed within one school year. However, you have two full school years to find a teaching position as long as you are enrolled in the iteach program. Once hired, you must complete all program requirements during your two-semester field experience.

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    • Chesapeake City Public Schools
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    • Dinwiddie County Public Schools
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    • Isle of Wight County Public Schools
    • Lancaster County Public Schools
    • Lynchburg County Public Schools
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    • Middlesex County Public Schools
    • Newport News City Public Schools
    • Northampton County Public Schools
    • Powhatan County Public Schools
    • Prince George County Public Schools
    • Roanoke County Public Schools
    • Shenandoah County Public Schools
    • Sussex County Public Schools
    • Westmoreland County Public Schools

    What People Are Saying

    Libby, a high school teacher from Texas, talks with ABC News about how iteach allowed her to transition from a career in performing arts to achieving her dream of teaching dance.

    “If I had decided to go back to a college for education, it would have taken me years to finish with multiple student loans and thousands of dollars. Iteach was an affordable way to get into the classroom. I love being a teacher. If anyone had ever considered being a teacher, this is a great opportunity for them.” – Libby Claycomb

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    Service Area A: Teacher Recruitment and Retention

    Forecasting and Planning

    Recruitment Campaigns

    Licensure Programs for Paras and Subs

    Access to our New Teachers Pipeline

    Career Pathing Solutions

    Skill Development Solutions


    Service Area B: Professional Development 

    Video Coaching and Self-Reflection 

    Professional Development Courses 

    New Teacher Programs 

    Teacher Institutes 

    Video Library Subscriptions 


    Service Area C: Student Learning Acceleration 

    Audits, Analysis and Solution Planning 

    RISE Summer School Program 

    Supplemental Curricula 

    Teacher Coaching 

    Institute Courses for Teachers 


    Service Area D: Continuing Education 

    Graduate-Level 1-3-Credit Courses 

    Learning Pathways and Certificates 

    Master’s Degree Programs 

    Doctorate Degree Programs 


    Service Area E: Leadership Solutions 

    Strategic Planning 

    Equity Consulting 

    Leadership Coaching 

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