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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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10/22/15  8:28 pm
Commenter: Michael E. Evans, Hampton City Schools

Proposed Engineering Endorsement

I am an electrical engineer.  I entered the teaching profession after 20 years of commissioned service with the USAF.  I have a master’s degree in education and have been teaching now for 13 years.  I am currently certified in Secondary Math, Physics and Technical Education as well as a National Board Certified Secondary Math Teacher.

I am in favor of a separate certification for high school teachers teaching engineering courses.  I believe the proposal put forth in [8 VAC 20 - 22] provides a sound framework to ensure students receive consistence engineering instruction.  The pathways outlined provide non-engineer degree holders adequate options to obtain an engineering teaching certification.  Likewise engineers should be encouraged to enter the teaching field without impractical licensure requirements in order to shoehorn them into a certification which they may not be in fact instructing.

We demand/expect all other subject matter teachers to have a litany of college level courses in field in order to become certified, the same should be true for those teaching engineering courses.