Alternate Routes to Licensure

Earn your Virginia teaching license without attending a full-time teacher education program.

If you want to earn a license to teach in a Virginia public school (preK-12), but a full-time teacher education program isn’t right for you, the UVA School of Education and Human Development offers individualized advising and flexible online coursework designed to help you meet the requirements you need for the alternative route to licensure available in Virginia.

We can provide you with personal advising for obtaining the specific license you need. You can also browse through the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)’s licensure page to identify the specific endorsement you want to become licensed to teach. Based on your past work experiences and college degree(s) and/or technical certifications, we can point you toward the most appropriate path to licensure. The VDOE’s “Routes to Licensure” webpage provides an overview of the different paths to licensure. 

Note: Final licensure requirements are determined and approved by the Virginia Department of Education. Please partner with your district HR/licensure expert as you move forward with your next steps.


Though you may be eligible for hire on a Provisional License before you have completed these requirements, in order to obtain the 10-year renewable teaching license, you will need to meet the requirements within the following five categories: