Level I preparation in instructional skills and classroom management is specific to content areas and focuses on the "survival skills" of everyday P-12 classroom teaching. Required in-school observation offers participants the opportunity to make contacts in school districts while gaining knowledge about teacher responsbilities and instructional strategies.
Level II preparation begins during the first year of employment. Career Switchers attend a minimum of five seminars to expand the intensive preparation requirements associated with instructional categories and topics. The five seminars award a minimum of 20 cumulative instructional hours and feature various instructional techniques. During Level II, a trained public or private mentor is assigned to assist the candidate throughout the first year of employment.
Career Switcher candidates who are not recommended for their 10-year renewable Virginia teaching license will have the opportunity to obtain additional support based on the school division needs.