COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 40
February 26, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: The School Administrator's Handbook of Course Codes, Position Codes, and Licensure Codes


The Department of Education will disseminate a copy of 
the School Administrator's Handbook of Course Codes, 
Position Codes, and Licensure Codes to each central 
office and each school principal. The publication is 
produced in such a manner that it can be separated and 
reproduced to make unlimited copies for your use at the 
local level.

The School Administrator's Handbook of Course Codes, 
Position Codes, and Licensure Endorsement Codes serves as 
a resource to school administrators, superintendents, 
directors of personnel, principals, and others who are 
responsible for developing programs of study and 
employing and scheduling school personnel. The purpose of 
this handbook is twofold: (a) help school division 
personnel determine the correct and appropriate licensure 
endorsement(s) for each teacher and staff assignment, and 
(b) provide school personnel with guidance in determining 
course offerings for their students. 

The courses listed in this document are intended to 
reflect what is currently taught in many of Virginia's 
public schools. A separate section is included that lists 
core Standards of Learning courses, which were approved 
by the Board of Education in February 1998, to satisfy 
graduation requirements. In the other discipline areas, 
new courses and codes have been added while those that 
were obsolete and/or infrequently used have been 
eliminated from the handbook. Some course titles have 
been changed to more accurately reflect current 
terminology and course content.

Questions regarding course codes may be directed to the 
Office of Secondary Instructional Services at (804) 225-
2877. Questions regarding licensure endorsement codes may 
be directed to personnel in the Division of Teacher 
Education and Licensure at (804) 225-2022. Questions 
concerning the content of specific courses should be 
directed to the appropriate Department of Education 
content area specialists.

PDS/eh