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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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Department of Education
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State Board of Education
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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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10/19/15  7:49 pm
Commenter: Diane Painter, Shenandoah University

Sped-GenCurriculum K-12 content endorsement
 

Upon reviewing the proprosed revisions governing the review and approval of education programs in VA, it appears on p. 7 that candidates seeking an endorsement in special education-gen curriculum K-12 must have 12 to 15 semester hours in a content area (English, math, science or history/social sciences) in addition to passing a Praxis content exam. In my experience, I have quite a few pscyhology majors entering our university's intial licensure program in Sped-Gen Ed K-12. Requiring them to take an additional 12-15 semester hours in a content area in addition to passing a Praxis exam is prohibitive and will only add to the teacher shortage because of time required to complete endorsement requirements.  I have found that psych majors who add on content endorsements by passing the Praxis II exams in a content area are doing quite well teaching students with special needs (especially working with children with behavior concerns) and that by passing the Praxis II exams they also know the content students with special needs have to learn. Let's not make it harder to recruit good candidates into the field of special education- let's make the process doable and reasonable.