P.O. BOX 2120




August 2, 2002



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Tuition Assistance for Special Educators


The Department of Education has budgeted a portion of Virginia's Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B grant funds to provide tuition assistance of up to $400 per course for a maximum of three courses per year for special educators. These funds are available to the following personnel who are under contract with a school division for 2002-2003 school year and not participating in a special education personnel preparation program funded by the Virginia Department of Education: special education teachers who hold a conditional or provisional license teaching school-age students ages 5 to 21, speech-language pathologists who hold a provisional license, and special education paraprofessionals assisting programs for school-age students ages 5 to 21.


Eligible teachers and speech-language pathologists are those enrolled in graduate-level courses directly related to the area in which they are providing instruction and seeking licensure. The teacher or speech-language pathologist is responsible for ensuring that any courses taken for licensure in special education satisfy state requirements (Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, effective July 1998). Approval of coursework is the responsibility of the school division.


Eligible paraprofessionals are those who are employed full-time in a special education program and are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate-level coursework related to the special education area in which they are providing instructional assistance.


The funding period for this activity ends June 30, 2003. If the number of applications received exceeds funds available, tuition assistance will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the postmark stamped on the application envelope.


Completed applications should be submitted to the Department of Education immediately after enrollment in the course and prior to completion of the course. No applications will be considered after the last day on which a course is offered.


If you have questions regarding eligibility for the tuition assistance, please contact Dr. Patricia Burgess, specialist for special education human resources development, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, at ( or (804) 225-2096. The attached application form should be submitted to:


Dr. Patricia D. Burgess, Specialist for Special Education Human Resources Development

Division of Teacher Education and Licensure

Virginia Department of Education

P. O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Fax (804) 786-6759


Please contact Dr. Burgess for information about the application status or reimbursement.