In order to teach in the state of Virginia, you must obtain Virginia Certification. Write to the following address to request forms and information, or call the Office of Teacher Education in Richmond (804) 225-2022 or (800) 292-3820:
Office of Teacher Education and Licensure
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
If you do not have a Virginia teaching license and you wish to have your present license evaluated, write or call the Virginia Department of Education (above). You can begin teaching while a temporary license is being processed. However, the school systems prefer that you have a teaching license.
Applying for Teaching Positions
If you are interested in a teaching position, it is advisable to fill out an application as soon as possible. School systems in this area usually interview and fill positions between February and April, although Special Education and last-minute openings may be available until August. Fill out an application to be placed on file, and call frequently to check on openings.
Charlottesville also offers an adult education program as well as an alternative education program for students who have not been able to continue in the regular system for various reasons. For information on these programs, call (434) 245-2406.
Additional teaching opportunities are available in the surrounding county school systems. These systems have fewer schools, but they also have a high turnover rate. Be prepared to commute up to an hour to some of these schools. Again, it is advisable to fill out an application as soon as possible. See below for a listing of the contact information for area school systems.
Private schools do not require that teachers have licensure. If you are interested in applying to any of the private schools in your area, you may obtain a listing of the schools, nursery schools, kindergartens and day care centers by writing or calling:
Chamber of Commerce
Box 1564, Fifth and East Market Streets
Charlottesville, VA 22902
www.cvillechamber.org and http://www.cvillechamber.org/relocation_info/education.htm
If you are interested in substitute teaching, you should register at both the city and county schools. To be on the list for Charlottesville City schools, you must have completed at least 60 hours of your bachelor’s degree and an application. Albemarle County schools require an interview with the Director of Personnel, a high school diploma, and an application. Obtain a list of county schools and their principals from the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road or call (434) 296-5827.
Partners who teach in the area suggest that you visit each school where you would like to substitute teach. Your chances of being called for employment are greater if the employees know you. Distribute résumés and cover letters that explain the grade(s) and subject(s) you are able to teach (and interested in teaching).
Contact Information for School Systems
Charlottesville City Schools