COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO.13
November 10, 2005
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Board of Education Approves the Criteria for Implementing Experiential Learning Credits for Alternate Route Applicants Seeking Initial Licensure
The 2005 General Assembly approved House Bill 2790 requiring that the Board of Education, in its regulations governing teacher licensure, establish criteria and a procedure to allow persons seeking initial licensure as teachers through an alternative route as defined by Board regulations to substitute experiential learning in lieu of coursework. This language was incorporated in Section 22.1-298 of the Code of Virginia.
On June 22, 2005, the Board of Education approved the technical revision to incorporate House Bill 2790 language into the Regulations Governing the Licensure of School Personnel and authorized personnel of the Department of Education to proceed with the requirements of the Administrative Process Act. The Administrative Process Act (Section 2.2-4006 of the Code of Virginia) exempts revisions to regulations that are necessary to conform to changes in Virginia statutory law where no agency discretion is involved. The APA process concluded on September 22, 2005, and the technical amendment became effective.
The following Criteria for Implementing Experiential Learning Credits for Alternate Route Applicants Seeking Initial Licensure was approved by the Board of Education October 26, 2005:
Alternate Route Applicants Seeking Initial Licensure
Individuals applying for an initial license through the alternate route as prescribed by the Board of Education must meet the following criteria to be eligible to request experiential learning credits in lieu of the coursework for the endorsement (teaching) content area:
1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
2. Have at least five years of documented full-time work experience that may include specialized training related to the endorsement sought; and
3. Have met the qualifying score on the content knowledge assessment prescribed by the Board of Education.
The criteria do not apply to teachers of special education and elementary education (prek-3 and prek-6); however, in administering the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, modifications may be made in exceptional cases by the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee.
If you have questions about the Criteria for Implementing Experiential Learning Credits for Alternate Route Applicants Seeking Initial Licensure, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, (Thomas.Elliott@doe.virginia.gov), assistant superintendent for teacher education and education, at (804) 371-2522 or Mrs. Patty Pitts, (Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov), director of professional licensure, at (804) 371-2471.