DATE: September 1, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

Preparation for Teaching Careers


The Education and Training Career Cluster prepares high school students for teaching careers that serve individuals of all ages and across a range of content and specializations.  To address the growing teacher shortage in Virginia, school divisions are encouraged to offer Virginia Teachers for TomorrowThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website and Early Childhood, Education, and ServicesThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website programs of study.  Students will have an opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences, dual enrollment, earn credentials such as the ParaProThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website or PraxisThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website, and develop leadership skills through participation in the student organization, Educators Rising.    

By 2022, a number of teachers are expected to retire, leading to a rise in job prospects for educators.  The increased emphasis on early childhood education is driving the demand for preschool and middle school teachers.  A shortage of qualified teachers for career and technical education provides opportunities for career switchers, as well as teachers from traditional college programs.  Read more about Virginia’s Pathways to Teaching.

If you have any questions, please contact Helen G. Fuqua, Team Leader for Teaching Career Pathways, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at cte@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3119.

SRS/LBH/aab

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  1. Virginia's pathways to Teaching (PDF)