Journey into Teaching Academy: A Professional Development Initiative for Selected Second-Year, Provisionally Certified Special Education Teachers


The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE’s), Department of Special Education and Student Services is announcing its fifth cohort of the Journey into Teaching Academy. The Academy is a yearlong professional development initiative for teachers completing their second year of teaching by the end of the 2022-2023 school year (SY) and entering their third year of teaching during the 2023-2024 SY as a provisionally licensed special education teacher.


In Virginia, special education is considered the number one critical shortage area for teachers. The Journey into Teaching Academy is designed as a program to provide teacher support beyond mentorship to enhance the retention, as well as the overall performance of provisionally licensed special education teachers.

This year-long initiative (May 2023-May 2024) will include:

  • A two-hour virtual orientation on May 18, 2023, 4:30-6:30 p.m.,
  • The Summer Academy, July 24-27, 2023, at the Virginia Tech/University of Virginia Center (located at 2810 Parham Road, Richmond, Virginia 23294). The Summer Academy will meet daily 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Additional Saturday workshops will be held during the 2023-2024 SY on October 14, 2023, February 17, 2024, and April 20, 2024, at the Virginia Tech/University of Virginia Center.
  • Selected participants will receive a $1,000 stipend for successful completion of the Summer Academy and any other relevant activities


5/1/2023 - 5/1/2024


Dr. Zenia Burnett


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