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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
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10/30/15  7:42 am
Commenter: James Wicks, Liberty University

8VAC20-543-20. Accreditation and administering this chapter.
 

Regarding:  B. Professional education programs in Virginia shall obtain and maintain national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator  Preparation (CAEP)

Comment:  I do not believe it is necessary to "require" a professional education program in Virginia to be nationally accredited since the main purpose of the program is to provide for Virginia licensure.  If specific higher education institutions wish to prepare candidates for licensure in states other than Virginia then they should be at liberty to seek regional and/or national accreditation of their choice to meet those specific program goals.  This would relieve specific institutions, lacking that level of accreditation, from suffering undue harm while continuing to serve existing and future teaching needs in the state of Virginia.