More information on the newly required emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators training will be forthcoming to all licensed staff as we receive more detailed information from the Virginia Department of Education.
Those who currently hold a Virginia Teaching License may add endorsements offered by the VDOE to your license by taking the associated Praxis II assessment for the endorsement area.
This testing option does not apply to individuals seeking early/primary PreK–3, elementary education, ESOL, or special education or who hold a technical professional license, vocational evaluator license, pupil personnel services license, school manager license, or division superintendent license.
The Praxis II route to licensure option is a good way for special education teachers to become endorsed in content areas to teach a verified credit course and to meet the NCLB Highly Qualified requirements. Consultative special education teachers (collaborating or co-teaching) are also encouraged to pursue adding content area endorsements to their current license to allow flexibility in school placements.
Educational Testing Service (ETS) now offers some computer-based assessments in addition to the paper/pencil assessment (i.e., Middle School English test code 5049, Middle School Social Studies test code 5089). Please refer to the ETS Web site at www.ets.org
for more information and registration details.
Check the PWCS Staff Library or school library for a variety of Praxis II Study Guides.
Upon receiving a passing Praxis II score sheet, please send a copy of the score sheet along with a $25 fee, payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, to the PWCS Office of Certification to have the endorsement added to a license.
The Master Schedule of Course Collection(MSC) to meet federal requirements of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund requires school divisions to adopt the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED). The new SCED codes have been incorporated into the SCED/Assignment to Endorsement Mapping
to determine licensure requirements for a specific assignment. This is not a one-to-one mapping. The new SCED codes will replace the Virginia Assignment Code listing in the near future. School divisions will need to become familiar with the new SCED code system:
is a new addition to the VDOE's website that includes links to resources for all SOL subject areas. The website includes SOL News and SOL Events and contains a searchable calendar of upcoming professional development activities, grant and scholarship opportunities, conferences,webinars and institutes by subject areas. Bookmark it now!
Teachers may now subscribe, by providing an email address, to receive weekly TeacherDirect information from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The online service provides SOL information and other resources directly to teachers. The first email is set to begin this week. See additional details
. Visit the TeacherDirect sign-up page
. Visit the VDOE TeacherDirect Web page
PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: The application for teacher licensure in Virginia requires that you provide your social security number. Section 22.1-296.4 of the Code of Virginia requires a check of the registry of founded complaints of child abuse and neglect in Virginia and other states. A social security number is required for this search. In addition, Virginia is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, and uses their clearinghouse to check for licensure revocation, suspension, denial, and reinstatement in other states. Virginia also provides information to the clearinghouse regarding licensure revocation, suspension, denial, and reinstatement in Virginia. The social security number is used for the clearinghouse and was required prior to 1975. The Virginia Department of Education will not release your social security number except in reporting cases of licensure revocation, suspension, denial and reinstatement as noted above.