Does working with children bring you joy? Are you interested in shaping the next generation?

Brightpoint has programs for those interested in becoming early childhood through high school educators, including options for career switchers.

Our early childhood certificates can get you to work quickly in this high-demand field, while our elementary and secondary education degrees set you up to transfer to a four-year university. All of our degree options include a practicum, allowing students to spend time observing and working in a school setting.

Brightpoint Degrees and Certificates

Transfer Degrees

Build a foundation to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Secondary Teacher Education, AS
Teacher Education, AS

Learn more about transferring after Brightpoint, including our guaranteed admissions agreements.

Career and Technical Degrees and Certificates

Get the training you need to begin a new career or advance in your current one.

Early Childhood, CSC
Early Childhood Development, AAS- transfer options available 
Early Childhood Development Certificate 

Discover your interests and explore career options in these fields with our career coach.

"I never even knew that it was possible to get a degree this fast. I didn't really think I would go to college but finding Brightpoint changed that drastically."

Madeline Chase
Early Childhood Teacher
Madeline Chase

Switching Careers

Future K-12 Educator

Interested in changing careers to become an educator? We partner with the Community College Workforce Alliance to offer EducateVA, a state-wide program that allows you to complete your coursework primarily online while continuing to work. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (with a minimum GPA of 2.5), have 5 years of full-time professional work experience, and have passed the PRAXIS Subject Assessment as well as the VCLA.

Learn more.

"I enjoyed the classes, the curriculum was up-to-date, and everything that I learned about in class I am putting into action in my classroom. Brightpoint fully prepared me for what I am actually living right now."

Derrick Branson
Fourth Grade Teacher
Derrick Branson

K-12 Teacher Professional Development

If you are currently teaching and want to earn professional development points, Brightpoint offers a variety of recertification courses. Examples include: Teaching Exceptional Children, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Classroom Management.

For a current list of professional development course offerings, see our class schedule.

Division of Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Social Sciences

Chester and Midlothian Campuses

Chester Campus


Moyar Hall, Room M131

Midlothian Campus

Eliades Hall, Room E308