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The Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching (PPET)


Through a grant offered by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Darden College of Education of Old Dominion University is seeking applicants for endorsement in special education.  The PPET grant is one of the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs.  The following criteria must be met for admission as a program participant.

  1. Be employed full-time and assigned as a paraprofessional, long term substitute teacher under a contract, or other non-licensed personnel in a public school division or state operated program in Superintendent's Study Regions 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, or 8 ;
  2. hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  3. be recommended by the employing school division or state operated program (the principal or designee must sign the participant's form);
  4. be seeking initial licensure in special education with endorsement in special education: general curriculum; and
  5. be currently admitted to ODU.  If you are not currently admitted to ODU,  you must complete the graduate non-degree entry process with your site director or the Admissions office prior to submitting CSEEP/PPET applications.

NOTES: The Virginia Department of Education has the expectation that PPET recipients will complete the necessary courses and internships for special education licensure and teach special education in a Virginia public school for a period of at least 2 years.  If a grant recipient fails to meet these expectations, that individual may be responsible for repayment of grant funds to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Education has instructed the CSEEP/PPET programs to no longer accept applications from, nor admit, teachers or other personnel employed in nonpublic (private) schools and agencies. If you are employed in a public school or state operated program and change your employer to a nonpublic school or agency, you will lose your grant funding.

Program Application Process

Official college transcripts from all universities attended other than Old Dominion University. No grade reports will be accepted. To apply, each participant must submit a complete application packet. The complete packet must be received at the address below by the designated deadline. The complete packet consists of:

  1. a completed PPET Application Form (pdf) with appropriate signatures (Appendix C of CSEEP Administrative Manual);
  2. official college transcripts from all universities other than Old Dominion University. No grade reports will be accepted, and
  3. copies of any licensure test scores or certificates, if available (e.g. Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA); Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE); Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel (TSIP); Praxis Core Academic Tests for Educators; and/or Praxis II).   Test scores are not required for entry into CSEEP/PPET but will need to be included with application, if available.

All application materials should be included the same envelope.

Mail or fax the complete packet to:
CSEEP Grant Office
Old Dominion University
Child Study Center Rm. 116
Norfolk, VA 23529
Fax number: (757) 683-4129

Grant staff will review applications. Official notification of acceptance, course approvals, and registration procedures will then be sent to the participant.

Application Deadlines:                                                                          
Grant applications can be faxed or mailed to the grant office according to the following       
schedule. Applications not received in the Norfolk CSEEP office by the appropriate due dates   
will be considered for the following semester.   

 Fall 2014

 June 27, 2014

 Spring 2015

 November 17, 2014 

 Summer 2015

 March 16, 2015

This grant-funded tuition support will be contingent upon Virginia Department of Education grant award for subsequent semesters.