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An 18-week TCC program trains professionals to become certified teachers. (Courtesy of
An 18-week TCC program, slated to begin Jan. 17, takes professionals in fields such as science and math and trains them to become certified teachers. (Photo courtesy

If you know math, science or computers and want to change careers, Tidewater Community College can help you get licensed to teach in public schools.

TCC is accepting applicants for an 18-week alternative-licensing program that begins Jan. 17 and ends May 13. The program, known as EducateVA, is available at community colleges throughout Virginia. It takes professionals without an education background and trains them to become certified as secondary-education teachers, including grades 6-12, according to a release from TCC.

In-demand prospects include those with a background in physics, earth and space science, business and marketing, upper-level math and technical education, including computer-enhanced design.

“Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Hampton are all hiring our program completers, so I have no doubt there is a need for this program in Hampton Roads,” Kimberly M. Ogden, the director of EducateVA, said in a release.

The deadline for the January session, which costs $3,900, is Nov. 18. A New Virginia Economy Workforce Credential Grant, for which the program is eligible, lowers the overall cost to $1,300.

Applicants must have five years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Applicants must also pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment and the Praxis II exam in the subject they wish to teach. Results of those tests take three weeks and must be included in the application.

The program includes six online courses, a 40-hour internship and six Saturday sessions, which are taught by distance learning from TCC’s Virginia Beach campus.

Webinars for prospective students will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 14 and Jan. 18.

To register for the webinar, go to To learn more about the program, call 804-523-5671.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.