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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 542]
Action Comprehensive Revision of the Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 10/31/2015
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10/28/15  10:37 am
Commenter: Robert Pianta, University of Virgnia

Expand opportunities for effective early childhood education teacher preparation

The proposed language for early education teacher preparation programs (e.g. covering preschool- grade 3 and for 3 and 4 year olds specifically) would greatly enhance the effectiveness and impact of this growing and important sector of the education workforce.  The proposed language focuses programs on the knowledge, skills, and competencies identified by research to contribute to learning and development of young children.   In contrast to the current language the proposed language is a major improvement and will strengthen Virginia's early education system.  Moving toward a competency-based system positions Virginia as a a leader nationally.   And there is considerable interest and promise in a 4-year degree focused on teaching in early educaiton programs that could lead to initial licensure.


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