DATE: June 30, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

Annual Update of Industry Credentials for Teachers Seeking an Initial Virginia License with an Endorsement in an Area of Career and Technical Education


The 2017-2018 Industry Credentials for Teachers Seeking an Initial Virginia License with Endorsement(s) in an Area of Career and Technical Education Guidance Document, is available on the Virginia Department of Education’s website.  This document provides: (1) the teacher-eligible list of approved industry certification examinations; (2) name of the issuing organization; and (3) the specific career and technical education area(s), including the corresponding endorsement codes.  The web-based list allows users to access contact information and details for each credentialing assessment.

Background Information

The 2015 General Assembly passed House Bill 2137This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website that amended and re-enacted Section
§ 22.1-298.1 of the Code of Virginia, regarding teachers seeking an initial license with an endorsement in an area of career and technical education, effective July 1, 2015.

The 2015 legislation states, in part, the following (new language from HB 2137 in italics):  

1.A. As used in this section:
"Industry certification credential" means an active career and technical education credential that is earned by successfully completing a Board of Education-approved industry certification examination, being issued a professional license in the Commonwealth, or successfully completing an occupational competency examination.

D.6. Every teacher seeking an initial license in the Commonwealth with an endorsement in the area of career and technical education shall have an industry certification credential in the area in which the teacher seeks endorsement. If a teacher seeking an initial license in the Commonwealth has not attained an industry certification credential in the area in which the teacher seeks endorsement, the Board may, upon request of the employing school division or educational agency, issue the teacher a provisional license to allow time for the teacher to attain such credential.

Related legislation was first enacted in the 2014 General Assembly as referenced in Superintendent’s Memorandum No.150-14.

If you have any questions, please contact George R. Willcox, Associate Director, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, at cte@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2052.

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