DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 194
September 14, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Educational Interpreter Qualifications and Training Opportunities
play a valuable role in the education of many children who are deaf or hard of
hearing. These children depend on the
interpreter for their mastery of material and their ability to communicate with
teachers and peers. In many cases, the
educational interpreter is also the childs primary language model. The Regulations Governing Special
Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia include qualification requirements for personnel providing
interpreting services in
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers funds for professional development opportunities to enable persons who provide interpreting services to receive training and mentoring to achieve the necessary skills to meet state qualification requirements. These funds are dispersed to school divisions on a regional basis. A grant coordinator in each region works with each interpreter to develop a training plan and ensures that training is aligned with the plan. Attachment F provides a list of the regional grant coordinators who may be contacted regarding training opportunities.
As a condition of participating in the grant, each division/state-operated program human resource director must certify that efforts were made to recruit qualified interpreters (Attachment D), and that all interpreters who do not meet the qualification standards will participate in grant funded activities (assessment, training, or mentoring) as a condition of employment (Attachment E). A system should be in place to monitor their progress at the division level. This certification should be submitted to the Department of Education upon employment. Waivers for interpreters who do not meet state standards should be submitted at the beginning of each school year and as new interpreters are hired (Attachment C).
For further information about interpreter qualification requirements or to submit a waiver, contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Department of Education, Office of Special Education Instructional Services at (804) 371-4059 or Debbie.Pfeiffer@doe.virginia.gov