New Requirements for Initial Licensure and License Renewal (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
The purpose of this memorandum is to summarize legislation passed by the 2016 and 2017 Virginia General Assemblies that directly impacts individuals applying for an initial license or seeking renewal of a license. To clarify questions received from school divisions and licensees, effective July 1, 2017, please provide verification that all statutory renewal requirements, including those passed in 2016 and 2017, are completed every five years during each renewal period.
You may wish to review Section 22.1-298.1 of the Code of Virginia which sets forth specific statutory requirements for initial licensure and licensure renewal. This Code section references numerous requirements, including the technology standards for instruction; child abuse recognition and intervention training; and emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators. In addition, please note that: (1) any individual licensed and endorsed to teach middle school civics or economics or high school government or history seeking renewal must complete a module or professional development course specifically related to Virginia history or state and local government; and (2) every teacher seeking an initial license 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 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.