Co-Directors of the Career Switcher Program:
Francis C. Puchalski and Lisa Michele Temple
The Old Dominion University Darden College of Education has offered the Career Switcher Program on behalf of Virginia State Department of Education for the past eight years. In 1999, the General Assembly requested that the Board of Education develop an alternative pathway to teaching which would positively impact Virginia's teacher shortages. ODU was approached by the Department of Education to create and run the state's pilot Career Switcher Program. Since then, our program has trained thousands of Career Switchers who have gone on to be valued educators in school districts statewide.