Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Licensure Regulations for School Personnel [8 VAC 20 ‑ 22]
Action Comprehensive Revision of the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 11/6/2015
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9/22/15  1:05 pm
Commenter: Paul Joseph, President, Joseph Educational Consulting Services

Library Media Endorseemnt

Recommend that an additional option for earning at least a provisional license for school library media specialists be added. This would be for individuals who hold a non-school Master's Degree in Library Science. Rather than having to ask for a waiver to receive a provisional license from the DOE (which is normally the case in this situation), these individuals woud automatically be eligible for a provisional licesne and be required to complete an additional course on the role of the library media specialist using the updated wording in the proposed regulations for that requirement.

This would eliminate the need for a waiver request, particularly in an area where there are shortages, and which normally the DOE has approved the modification request. The expectation would be that a person with such a degree would surely have the content knowledge to handle the duties and if hired, receive a provisional license.