Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Licensure Regulations for School Personnel [8 VAC 20 ‑ 23]
Fast-Track Action to Amend the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel and Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia to Comport with Legislation from the 2021 General Assembly Session
Action 5791
General Information
Action Summary During its 2021 Special Session I, the General Assembly passed several bills pertaining to requirements for teacher licensure and endorsements as well as educator preparation programs in Virginia. House Bill 1904 (Jenkins) and Senate Bill 1196 (Locke) require, in part, that every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license with an endorsement in history and social sciences shall complete instruction in African American history, as prescribed by the Board. House Bill 2299 (Carr) and Senate Bill 1288 (Dunnavant) include several provisions that ensure educators are equipped to serve students with disabilities, including the requirement that every person seeking renewal of a license as a teacher shall complete training in the instruction of students with disabilities, with details on training content set out in the bills. Additionally, the Board of Education is directed to amend its regulations for teacher and administrator preparation programs to ensure graduates demonstrate comprehension and proficiency in a number of knowledge and skill areas, according to their respective roles, that support the needs of students with disabilities. House Bill 2316 also establishes the requirement that the Board amend its teacher preparation program regulations to guarantee that each graduate in a K-12 general education endorsement area demonstrates proficiency in understanding the role of general education teachers on the IEP team. This fast-track regulatory action aligns existing regulations with the new statutory requirements and provides additional clarity on the expectations for teachers and educator preparation program providers in meeting these mandates.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 8 VAC 20-23 Licensure Regulations for School Personnel Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  8 VAC 20 - 543 Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [6895]
Associated Mandates
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9357 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/01/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Dr. Leslie Sale  / Director of Policy
Address: 101 N. 14th Street
25th floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
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