Through a grant funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Darden College of Education of Old Dominion University has initiated a distance learning endorsement program for provisionally licensed special educators with endorsement in special education: general curriculum K-12 teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and the Darden College of Education of Old Dominion University are seeking full time, contracted paraprofessionals, teachers' aides, long term substitutes or other non licensed personnel in public school divsions who are interested in obtaining licenses with endorsement in special education: general curriculum K-12. Applicants must hold bachelor's degrees from an accredited university and have never held a teaching license.
The VI Consortium is the only academic program for preparing teachers of students with visual impairments in Virginia and is comprised of five universities: George Mason University, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, and Radford University. Its primary goal is to prepare teachers to be highly skilled at working with students with visual impairment and blindness. Completion of the VI program meets the Virginia Department of Education's required competencies for teachers of students with vision impairments.
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 and paraprofessionals working in special education classrooms. This program also provides assistance to early childhood special educators.