Each day in Virginia's schools, more than 20,000 students with disabilities are taught by over 2,500 educators who have minimal preparation for the challenges they face. At issue is the need for highly qualified and fully licensed special education teachers, which is expanding at a faster rate than the capacity of traditional teacher preparation programs to respond. Concomitantly, Virginia schools and teachers, like all schools and teachers across the United States, are subject to the increasing pressure of the heightened teacher preparation standards presented by No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
Old Dominion University's (ODU) response to the growing educational needs of Virginia's children with disabilities, the shortage of special educators, and teacher preparation mandates was to design and to implement the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs. The primary mission of these programs is to ensure a high quality education for Virginia's children with disabilities through the provision of readily accessible paths to full licensure for provisionally licensed special education teachers and qualifying non-licensed school division personnel. <More>
Programs funded by the Virginia Department of Education.