SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 2
May 1, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Correction: Regulatory Superintendent's Memorandum # 2|
Please replace the attached superintendent's memorandum with the one previously received dated April 17, 1998. Inadvertently some wording was omitted from a portion of the memo that was previously disseminated. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused. PDS/pg COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION P. O. BOX 2120 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120 SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 2 April 17, 1998 REGULATORY TO: Division Superintendents FROM: Paul D. Stapleton Superintendent of Public Instruction SUBJECT: Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (8 VAC 20-21-10) and Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel (8 VAC 20-25-10) During the January 8, 1998, meeting of the Board of Education, the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel were approved. The revisions approved by the Board aligned the licensure requirements for prospective teachers with the Virginia Standards of Learning; established a statewide licensure system that provides flexibility for the approved teacher preparation programs, and reduced the number of endorsements for licensure. With the exception of four endorsement areas in special education (learning disabilities, emotionally disturbed, mentally retarded, and severe disabilities), the regulations have completed the requirements of the Administrative Process Act (APA). The approved regulations will be accessible on the Department of Education's website by May 1, and printed copies will be available on or before July 1, 1998. A workshop has tentatively been scheduled for May 15, 1998, in Charlottesville to review the licensure regulations and the technology standards. A letter of invitation will be sent to directors of personnel and licensure contacts within a week. The Board of Education has also approved the Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel. The regulations will ensure that instructional personnel in Virginia have mastered and demonstrated competency in technology consistent with the Standards of Learning for students in the fifth and eighth grades. A copy of the technology standards is enclosed for your information. This memorandum highlights some of the major revisions in the licensure regulations and provides information regarding the new technology standards. Guidance in the implementation of these new regulations is also provided. LICENSURE REGULATIONS FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL (8 VAC 20-21-10) 1. Effective Date of Licensure Regulations The implementation of the licensure regulations for school personnel will become effective on July 1, 1998. However, institutions of higher education with approved teacher preparation programs will be required to implement the regulations for individuals entering their programs by the fall of 2000. Individuals currently enrolled in Virginia approved teacher preparation programs will complete the program (endorsement area) in effect at the time of their enrollment. For example, an individual currently enrolled in a middle education teacher preparation program in Virginia will receive the middle education endorsement upon completion of that program. The endorsement will allow the prospective teacher to teach in any of the four areas of concentration. Individuals from other states seeking a middle education endorsement after July 1, 1998, or individuals entering Virginia programs in the fall of 2000 will receive a license designating at least two areas of concentration as required in the new regulations. 2. Competencies and Endorsement Requirements The regulations outline competencies and semester-hour requirements for each endorsement area. Institutions of higher education with approved programs must incorporate the competencies in their programs (these competencies are listed separately in each endorsement area); however, the institutions are not subject to the specific semester-hour requirements listed. The endorsement requirements (specific semester-hour requirements) will be applied to individuals seeking licensure outside of state-approved programs and individuals seeking licensure through the alternative route to licensure. 3. License Holders' Existing Endorsements License holders will maintain their existing endorsements. Individuals who are working toward satisfying written evaluations received from the Licensure Office will continue to have three years from the date of the evaluation to satisfy the requirements stipulated on the evaluation. Individuals who are currently enrolled in a state-approved teacher preparation program are considered to be in the pipeline and may continue to follow the existing regulations until completion of their program. These individuals will receive the endorsement corresponding to the program in which they enrolled. 4. Provisional License Provisional licenses may be issued for qualified individuals for a period not to exceed three years as allowed by the Code of Virginia. During the three-year period, individuals must meet all requirements (including the professional teacher's assessment (Praxis I and II), professional studies course work, and/or experience) specified at the time the provisional license is issued. An extension of the three-year provisional license may not be granted because state law does not allow the issuance of the provisional license beyond three years. 5. Endorsement Grade Levels There are five grade configurations identified in the regulations: Early/primary PreKindergarten through Grade 3 (PreK-3), Elementary PreKindergarten through Grade 6 (PreK-6), Middle Education 6-8, PreK-Grade 12 (PreK-12), and secondary grades 6-12. The secondary grades 6-12 configuration is a continuation of the previous regulations. Since the early 1960s, the Virginia Department of Education has developed and distributed to local school divisions, The School Administrators Handbook of Course Codes and Endorsement Codes for determining the appropriate teaching endorsement for each course offered within a school division. Those codes, used by school divisions to assign teachers, have always allowed an individual teacher with a secondary teaching endorsement such as English or mathematics to teach that subject in grades 6, 7, and 8 in a departmentalized setting. A revised School Administrators Handbook will be distributed to school divisions in the next few months. 6. Consolidation of Endorsements The licensure regulations combine principal and supervision endorsements into one endorsement in Administration and Supervision PreK-12. Individuals seeking this endorsement must complete an approved preparation program in administration and supervision with a focus on educational leadership including knowledge and skills in both supervision and administration. The elementary, middle, and secondary school counselor endorsements have been consolidated into one endorsement, School Counselor PreK-12. Endorsements in health and physical education have been combined into one endorsement, Health and Physical Education PreK-12. 7. Special Education Conditional License The Special Education Conditional License is a three-year, nonrenewable teaching license issued to an individual employed as a special education teacher who does not hold the appropriate special education endorsement. An individual is no longer required to hold another license to receive a Special Education Conditional License; however, the initial application fee will be applicable. The conditional license is not applicable to individuals employed as speech pathologists. To receive the Special Education Conditional License an individual must: (1) be employed by a Virginia public or nonpublic school and have the recommendation of the employing educational agency; (2) hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; (3) have an assigned mentor endorsed in special education; and (4) have a planned program of study in the assigned endorsement area and have completed a minimum of six semester hours in the core competencies of characteristics of students with disabilities and legal aspects associated with students with disabilities (Consideration may be given to individuals who have not completed the six semester hours but have been employed. They must complete the six semester hours of course work during the first year of the Special Education Conditional License.) 8. Technical Professional License The Technical Professional License has been expanded to include individuals with or without a baccalaureate degree who have demonstrated academic proficiency and technical competency and who have completed occupational experience. The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Test (NOCTI) will no longer be required for endorsements in trade and industrial education. However, an individual must be licensed or certified, if applicable, as a professional practitioner in the area in which he or she will be teaching or providing a service. 9. License Renewal At least 90 points of the 180 points required for renewal for license holders without a master's degree must be satisfied by completing a three-semester-hour content course. A course in special education designed to assist classroom teachers and other school personnel in working with students with disabilities, a course in gifted education, a course in educational technology, or a course in English as a Second Language may be completed to satisfy the content course requirement for one cycle of the renewal process. Professional development activities designed to support the Virginia Standards of Learning, Standards of Accreditation, and the Virginia Assessment Program may be accepted in lieu of the content course for one renewal cycle. 10. Vocational Education-Technology Education Endorsement An individual seeking the endorsement in technology education may become eligible for the endorsement by (1) completing of an approved program in technology education; (2) completing a major in technology education or 39 specified hours in technology education; or (3) earning a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the following fields of study: architecture, design, engineering, or physics; and completing 18 semester hours in technology education. The third option is a new route to endorsement. 11. Middle Education 6-8 Endorsement Individuals seeking a Middle Education 6-8 endorsement must complete two 21-semester-hour concentrations in the core areas of mathematics, science, English, or history/social science. The areas of concentration will appear on a license, and teaching assignments should be based on those areas of concentration. 12. Special Education Endorsements Endorsement areas were approved by the Board of Education in special education early childhood, hearing impairments, speech-language disorders, and visual impairments. Proposals in special education mild-moderate disabilities and special education moderate-severe disabilities were not approved. The Board of Education appointed a task force to develop a compromise proposal for the four special education areas in learning disabilities, emotionally disturbed, mental retardation, and severe disabilities. A meeting of the Special Education Task Force convened on February 11, 1998, with membership representing teacher preparation programs in institutions of higher education, the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Society, the Learning Disabilities of Virginia, the State Special Education Advisory Committee, the Association for Retarded Citizens, the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure, and Department of Education staff. On February 26, 1998, the Board of Education received and approved the substitute proposal in these four endorsement areas of special education. A public hearing was held April 6, 1998, for individuals to share ideas and suggestions on these proposed licensure regulations. Based on the comments from this hearing, written comments that might be received through April 30, and advisement from the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure, the Board of Education will approve final licensure regulations in these areas of special education. A copy of the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel will be forwarded to you upon final printing. We anticipate that you will be notified in the near future concerning a statewide workshop to overview the licensure regulations and provide assistance in implementing the regulations. TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL (8VAC 20-25-10) Instructional personnel are ultimately responsible for the use of technology in the classroom. As a result of the availability of technology and the requirement that students in Virginia must master technology standards, instructional personnel will be required to meet the Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel. These technology standards set forth those competencies required of instructional personnel in Virginia. Individuals completing approved preparation programs will also be required to demonstrate competency in technology as a requirement of program completion. School divisions must incorporate the technology standards into their local technology plans and develop strategies to implement the standards by December 1998. The goal is that all instructional personnel meet the standards prior to the 2002-2003 school year. The local technology plan must include a time line and strategies to meet this goal. School divisions must also ensure that newly-hired instructional personnel demonstrate proficiency in the technology standards during the three-year probationary period of employment. Even though this requirement is applicable to all school personnel required to hold a license issued by the Virginia Board of Education, it is not a requirement for continued licensure or license renewal. Please note, however, that instructional personnel without a master's degree may complete a course in educational technology in lieu of a content course for one renewal cycle. School divisions must include strategies to implement and assess the standards in the local technology plans. The standards are intended to be entry level; therefore, school divisions will need to establish provisions for instructional personnel who have already acquired higher levels of knowledge and skills to test out of the entry-level requirements. Institutions of higher education must incorporate technology standards in their approved programs and assess students' proficiency of the standards by December 1998. Institutions will verify that students have met the technology standards on form DA 035, College Verification Form, now used to recommend students for licensure. The form will be revised by the Department of Education and distributed directly to colleges and universities with approved programs prior to the beginning of the 1998 fall semester. Institutions will need to establish provisions by which students who have already acquired higher levels of knowledge and skills may test out of the standards which are intended to be entry level. By the fall of the year 2000, institutions must align their teacher education programs with the licensure regulations. The newly-developed programs will be reviewed on a five-year cycle to verify both alignment with the licensure competencies and incorporation of the technology standards. Institutions will not be required to submit written documentation of the incorporation of the technology standards into their approved programs prior to the adoption of revised accreditation and program approval standards now being developed. The revised standards and procedures will establish the schedule for the reinstatement of the five-year review cycle. Institutions that are scheduled for national accreditation or technical assistance reviews prior to the fall of 2000 will be expected to demonstrate incorporation of the technology standards into their programs and strategies for assessing student competency in the use of technology at the time of their on-site review. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, Assistant Superintendent for Compliance, at (804) 371-2522; Mr. Lan W. Neugent, Assistant Superintendent for Technology, at (804) 786-2260; or Mrs. Patty S. Pitts, Associate Director for Licensure, at (804) 225-2022 if you have any questions regarding the licensure regulations or the technology standards. PDS:psp Enclosure c: Deans/Chairs, Schools/Departments of Education Directors of Human Resources Licensure Contact Persons 8 VAC 20-25-10 et seq. TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL Statutory Authority: 22.1-16 of the Code of Virginia Effective Date: March 4, 1998 8 VAC 20-25-10. Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise: Demonstrated proficiency means a demonstrated level of competence of the technology standards as determined by school administrators. Electronic technologies means electronic devices and systems to access and exchange information. Instructional personnel means all school personnel required to hold a license issued by the Virginia Board of Education for instructional purposes. Productivity tools means computer software tools to enhance student learning and job performance. 8 VAC 20-25-20. Administration of technology standards. A. School divisions and institutions of higher education shall incorporate the technology standards for instructional personnel into their division-wide technology plans and approved teacher education programs, respectively, by December 1998. B. School divisions and institutions of higher education shall develop implementation plans for pre-service and in-service training for instructional personnel. The implementation plan shall provide the requirements for demonstrated proficiency of the technology standards. C. Waivers shall be considered on a case-by-case basis of the 18-hour professional studies cap placed on teacher preparation programs for institutions requesting additional instruction in educational technology. D. School divisions shall ensure that newly-hired instructional personnel from out of state demonstrate proficiency in the technology standards during the three-year probation period of employment. E. Course work in technology shall satisfy the content requirement for licensure renewal for license holders who do not have a master's degree. F. School divisions shall incorporate the technology standards into their local technology plans and develop strategies to implement the standards by December 1998. G. Institutions of higher education shall incorporate technology standards in their approved program requirements and assess students' demonstrated proficiency of the standards by December 1998. 8 VAC 20-25-30. Technology standards. A. Instructional personnel shall be able to demonstrate effective use of a computer system and utilize computer software. B. Instructional personnel shall be able to apply knowledge of terms associated with educational computing and technology. C. Instructional personnel shall be able to apply computer productivity tools for professional use. D. Instructional personnel shall be able to use electronic technologies to access and exchange information. E. Instructional personnel shall be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate instructional hardware and software to support Virginia's Standards of Learning and other instructional objectives. F. Instructional personnel shall be able to use educational technologies for data collection, information management, problem solving, decision making, communication, and presentation within the curriculum. G. Instructional personnel shall be able to plan and implement lessons and strategies that integrate technology to meet the diverse needs of learners in a variety of educational settings. H. Instructional personnel shall demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal issues relating to the use of technology.