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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9/29/15  1:55 pm
Commenter: Emily Massey, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Special Ed Provisional Requirements

I too am concerned about the proposed requirement to be eligible for a special ed provisional license. We struggle to fill special education positions with the current regulations, I fear increasing them will result in more vacancies. We'll be forced to increase class sizes or use substitutes.  While I agree that one-class does not adequately prepare someone to teach special education students, perhaps there are other options.  For example, if the individual already holds a full license in a content area, the existing 3 semester hour prerequisite course could be sufficient to allow them to convert to a provisional in special education.  Perhaps the 9 hour requirement could be reserved for individuals without any prior teaching experience.