P.O. BOX 2120



September 21, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



2007-2008 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 $500 per course for a maximum of three courses per year for special educators. These funds are available to the following personnel who have a full-time contract with a public school division for the 2007-2008 school year and are not participating in a special education personnel preparation program funded by the Virginia Department of Education: special education teachers who hold a valid Virginia conditional or provisional license teaching students ages five to 21, speech-language pathologists who hold a Virginia provisional license, and full-time special education paraprofessionals assisting special education programs for students ages five to 21.


Eligible teachers and speech-language pathologists are those individuals who are enrolled in courses meeting competencies in the endorsement 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. The Division of Teacher Education and Licensure will assist in reviewing the requested coursework.


Eligible paraprofessionals are those individuals 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 September 30, 2008. 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 tuition assistance applications must be submitted to the Department of Education immediately after enrollment 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 (804) 225-2096 or e-mail: The attached application form should be submitted by fax or mail to:


Dr. Patricia D. Burgess

Virginia Department of Education

P. O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Fax: (804) 786-6759