SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 126
July 25, 1997
||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program:
A Distance Learning Approach
Old Dominion University is initiating a distance learning program to meet the needs of teachers of special education students in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and mental retardation. This new program is funded through a grant by the Virginia Department of Education. Old Dominion University will broadcast course work via satellite technology to more than 25 receptor sites across Virginia. Each course will address one or more of the licensure requirements for endorsement in learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and mental retardation. Each course will be taught in the same manner without regard to site, tests, classroom activities, and assignments. Homework will be standardized. All courses will be taught by full-time faculty and/or qualified clinical adjunct faculty aided by graduate assistants. A minimum of ten courses per year will be broadcast from Old Dominion University to each of the distance learning sites. Eligible participants are teachers employed in Virginia who are assigned to teach special education students, do not hold the appropriate endorsement, and have been issued a two-year Special Education Conditional license. Participants must be recommended by their employers and be assigned mentors. The cost to the participant will be $100 per course, plus textbooks, materials, and supplies. Participants may take four courses per year. Attached is the administrative manual which provides details regarding the program and the application process including teacher registration and mentor application forms, and a map showing distance learning sites. If additional information is needed, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, Assistant Superintendent for Compliance, at (804) 371-2522, or Mrs. Sandra Aldrich, Education Specialist for Special Education Personnel Development, at (804) 225-2096. RTL/rt Attachment THE COMMONWEALTH SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM A DISTANCE LEARNING APPROACH PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS EACH PARTICIPANT MUST: 1. Have a two-year Special Education Conditional License in learning disabilities, emotional disturbance and/or mental retardation. 2. Complete the teacher registration form. 3. Obtain the completed mentor form and appropriate signatures. 4. Submit a copy (if completed) of the evaluation of transcripts for endorsement by the Virginia Department of Education. 5. Submit copies of official student transcripts and a self-addressed stamped postcard. 6. Submit the teacher registration form, mentor form, evaluation of transcripts (if available) and copies of official student transcripts with the self-addressed stamped postcard to: Dr. Cheryl Baker Child Study Center Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 23529 Applications will be reviewed and notification of acceptance, course registration procedures and an administration manual will be sent to the participant. Questions regarding the grant program should be addressed to Sandra Aldrich at (804) 225-2096 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding the application process and registration for courses should be addressed to Dr. Cheryl Baker at (757) 683-4383 or e-mail CSB100@eagle.cc.odu.edu.