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Last update:  April 12th, 2010

April 7, 2010:  Course Approval Letters for Summer and Fall 2010: The course approval letters were emailed to participants' ODU email addresses on April 5, 2009.  As stated in previous communications, all grant information will be delivered ONLY by email to participants' ODU email addresses.  There will be no paper course approval letters mailed to participants' homes.

April 5, 2010: CSEEP Expands to Include Regions 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, & 8! :
The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs now serve Superintendent's Study Regions 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, & 8. This decision goes into effect immediately for Summer 2010 applications, which are due in the CSEEP/PPET grant office by April 30, 2010.  The Superintendents' Study Group Regions are described in detail on the TTAC Online website at: http://www.ttaconline.org/  Prospective applicants employed in Regions 4 &  5 should direct inquiries to Terry Werner, who is the contact for Virginia's Distance Cohort Outreach Program (GMU). She can be emailed at twerner@gmu.edu<mailto:twerner@gmu.edu> or 703-993-3670.

January 8, 2010: Practicum Requirements:  ESSE 515, 618, 624, 623, 626, 714 & 715 each require 45 practicum hours.  (ESSE 515 is also the recommended prerequisite for ESSE 714 & 715.) Please plan for this when choosing your courses each semester. You will need to complete a Practicum Request form at http://education.odu.edu/tes/ even if you can complete the practicum within your school. In the form, complete the "comments" section of the form with the following statement: "I am currently employed at __________ school as a ____________.  I will do my practicum at my school.  I do not need a placement."

January 8, 2010: Registration for ESSE 515, 618, 623, 624, 626, 714 or 715: If you encounter the Prerequisite/Test Score error/block when attempting to register for these courses, you will need to email the CSEEP office to request that the block be lifted.  Email cseep@odu.edu<mailto:cseep@odu.edu>  and provide your UIN and the CRN of the course that you'd like to enter. Emails that do not provide this information will be discarded without notice. Within 72 hours, the Prerequisite/Test Score block will be lifted and you will be able to complete registration. Be aware that this request does not result in registration, only the lifting of the block so that you may register.

October 30, 2009: Course Approval Letters for Spring 2010: The course approval letters were emailed to participants' ODU email addresses on October 30, 2009.  As stated in previous communications, all grant information will be delivered ONLY by email to participants' ODU email addresses.  There will be no paper course approval letters mailed to participants' homes.

April 13, 2009Course Approval Letters for Summer and Fall 2009: The course approval letters were emailed to participants' ODU email addresses on April 2, 2009.  As stated in previous communications, all grant information will be delivered ONLY by email to participants' ODU email addresses.  There will be no paper course approval letters mailed to participants' homes.

April 8, 2009:  Course Approval Letters for Summer and Fall 2009: The course approval letters were emailed to participants' ODU email addresses on April 2, 2009.  As stated in previous communications, all grant information will be delivered ONLY by email to participants' ODU email addresses.  There will be no paper course approval letters mailed to participants' homes.

March 6, 2009:  IMPORTANT:  Applicants to the CSEEP/PPET Grants Must be Employed in Superintendents' Regions 1, 2, 3 or 8

The funds that supported the CSEEP/PPET grant have now been divided between Old Dominion University and George Mason University.  The principal investigators for the CSEEP/PPET (ODU) and Virginia's Distance Cohort Outreach Program (GMU) grants have decided to divide the state to better serve qualified applicants.  Therefore, ODU will now accept applications from only Superintendents' Study Group Regions 1, 2, 3 & 8, while GMU will serve regions 4, 5, 6, & 7. The Superintendents' Study Group Regions are described in detail on the TTAC Online website at: http://www.ttaconline.org/ 

This decision goes into effect immediately for Summer 2009 applications, which are due in the CSEEP/PPET grant office by April 13, 2009.  Only new applicants to the CSEEP/PPET grant will be affected by this change.  Current CSEEP/PPET participants in regions 4, 5, 6, & 7 are exempt from this change and should remain in the CSEEP/PPET grant to complete licensure.  While tuition charges will be the same for both grants, the course work for licensure in both grants is considerably different.

Prospective applicants employed in regions 4, 5, 6, & 7 should direct inquiries to Terry Werner, who is the contact for Virginia's Distance Cohort Outreach Program (GMU). She can be emailed at twerner@gmu.edu or 703-993-3670.

February 12, 2009:  Mentoring Program Ends.  Due to budgetary constraints, the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program (CSEEP) grant will be unable to continue to support the mentoring component of the program.  We feel that the support provided by our mentors to new teachers and grant participants has been invaluable and we hope the relationships formed by participants and mentors will continue.

This decision means that there will be no payment for mentor observations or pre/post task assessments.  Further, mentor applications will no longer be required for entry into the CSEEP grant.  We will, however, continue to provide letters documenting past mentoring efforts for possible recertification points. We want to thank all of our mentors for their important contributions to the CSEEP program and everything they have done for CSEEP participants. 

January 14, 2009:  Our funds from the Virginia Department of Education remain considerably reduced.  However, we are able to serve current grant participants with the following important changes to the program. 

Read this information VERY CAREFULLY

(As stated in the orientation, this information will be dispersed only by email to participants' ODU email addresses-postage costs would be prohibitive at this point.  Therefore, the grant assumes no responsibility for any student errors related to failure to read ODU email.  Make sure you have converted your student email to the new G-Mail account.  If you run into any problems, contact OCCS [757-683-3192] for technical support.  Check your ODU email frequently.) 

  • At this time, all current CSEEP/PPET participants may continue in the program under the conditions stated by the CSEEP program in the administrative manual, the website, and all other communication.
  • Qualified new applicants will be accepted to CSEEP & PPET.
  • The participant contribution has been raised to $482.00 per approved class. Your portion of the tuition is due by January 8th.
  • Grant funding is now limited to 3 classes over the January 2009 to December 2009 period.  No exceptions will be made.
  • Mentors will no longer be paid for semester observations.  Therefore, mentors will only be paid ($50) for completing the pretask rating form at the beginning of participant's grant participation and $50 for completion of the post task rating form at the end of the participant's grant participation.  PLEASE INFORM YOUR MENTOR IMMEDIATELY. NO MENTOR FORMS WILL BE MAILED TO THE SITES AND NO FEES WILL BE PAID FOR MENTOR OBSERVATIONS OTHER THAN THE PRE AND POST TASK FORMS. Please monitor your email for additional information to pass on to your mentor.
  • We will inform you of any changes to the grant's status should they occur.

Deleting endorsements from your license:  according to the Virginia Department of Education, you may make a request for deletion in writing to your employing educational agency.  Such a request must be submitted by January 15th to be in effect for July 1st of that year.  Further questions should be directed to the Office of Professional Licensure at the VDOE.

June 1, 2007: Due to new data reporting regulations in the Darden College of Education, the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs have made a few changes regarding the application process. Starting the fall 2007 semester, all applications for the CSEEP and the PPET programs must be received in the Norfolk CSEEP office by the specified semester deadlines.  There will be no exceptions:

August 13, 2007  -  Fall 2007 deadline
December 14, 2007  -  Spring 2008 deadline
April 14, 2008  -  Summer 2008 deadline

Each blank on the application form must be completed or the form will be returned to the applicant.  This may result in a missed deadline.  Applicants who miss the stated deadline will be considered for the following semester if funds are available.  Prior to the submission of any CSEEP application, the applicant must already be admitted to Old Dominion University and therefore possess a University Identification Number.

April 2, 2007: Course approval letters for Summer and Fall 2007 for all eligible CSEEP and PPET participants went out on March 29th.  Registration will begin for nondegree students on April 14th.  If you are also in the master's program, you'll be able to register at some point from April 9-13, depending on your credit hours--see LeoOnline for more information about this. Read both sides of your letter carefully and save it.  Call the CSEEP office with any questions regarding this letter.

November 1, 2006: Course approval letters for all eligible CSEEP and PPET
participants went out today.  Registration will begin for nondegree
students on November 18th.  If you are also in the master's program, you'll
be able to register at some point from November 13 -17, depending on your
credit hours--see LeoOnline for more information about this. Read your
letter carefully and save it.  Call us with any questions regarding this
letter.

Spring 2007 Tuition: Spring 2007 tuition is due on January 4th.  Make sure that your portion ($100 per approved class plus any administrative or other fees) has been paid into your account by the 4th. Our part will follow as much as 6 weeks after the
drop/add deadline.

From the Office of Finance: Avoiding financial penalties

Fall 2006 Tuition: Fall 2006 tuition was due August 17th. Make sure that your portion ($100 per approved class plus any administrative or other fees) has been paid into your account by the the 17th. Our part will follow after the drop/add deadline.

August 1, 2006: There has been an important change in the format of the semesterly mentor observations. Rather than requiring 3 forms and 3 observations, we have narrowed the process down to 1 form. At a suggested point in the semester, you and your mentor will sit down together to review the CEC Performance Based Standards and ascertain your strengths and weaknesses in relation to the standards. Your mentor will then fill out the new form and you'll both sign it. The single form, accompanied by the payment request, will allow your mentor to be paid for the semester. Remember that your mentor only does observations during a semester in which you take grant-funded classes (also no summer observations). The process for acquiring the mentor packets remains the same--they will be sent to your site of record in time for your pick up on August 26th. (If you listed GORNTO as your site, the packet will be mailed to your home.) It is your responsibility to give your mentor the packet. Let the grant office if you or your mentor has questions about this change in the observation procedure.

February 2, 2006: As a result of recent procedural changes at the Virginia Department of Education and Old Dominion University, the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs (CSEEP, PPET, and ACCESS) have modified their acceptance criteria. Beginning with the Summer 2006 semester, the CSEEP grants no longer will require passing Praxis I or equivalent scores as a condition of entry into these programs. All other acceptance criteria will remain the same.

December 21, 2005: The Virginia Department of Education has instructed the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program (CSEEP) and the Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching (PPET) 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 nonpublic school or agency and currently on active status with CSEEP or PPET, you may complete your program. 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. Please contact the grant office if you have questions about this program change.

December 19, 2005: Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA): The VDOE will now require the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment instead of Praxis I for initial licensure beginning January 1, 2006. Current CSEEP grant participants will be exempt from this requirement as they are holding conditional/provisional licenses. The VDOE has provided a helpful question and answer document to further explain.

November 16, 2005: No more extensions of conditional/provisional licenses: The Virginia Department of Education has informed us that they will no longer extend conditional/provisional licenses and that no exceptions will be made to this rule. All grant participants must complete remaining requirements before the deadline stated on their licenses.

November 14, 2005: Course approval letters should have arrived for everyone by now--they were sent out on Nov. 8. Please contact us if you have questions about yours.

November 1, 2005: Regarding highly qualified status, the following Superintendent's Memo and attachments define the definitions and options to be used by the Virginia Department of Education for all teachers.  Please read each document and attachment carefully.  If you choose to attend a content area institute to achieve highly qualified status, here are the VDOE sponsored content area institutes available as of this date.

April 8, 2005: Course Approval Letters for Fall 2005 were sent out on April 6, in order to allow participants to register for fall classes when they become available. Please contact us if you have questions.

November 11, 2004: Course Approval Letters: Course approval letters for the Spring and Summer 2005 semester went out on November 3rd. Please check yours carefully to make sure that it is correct. Have your copy in front of you when you call the office with questions. Remember that if you have taken a course for licensure at another university, we, as your official licensure program, will need a copy of that transcript as soon as possible. Register as early as possible to get the courses you need!

October 11, 2004: ACT Scores in place of Praxis I: The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce that on September 22, 2004, the Board of Education approved the use of the ACT as a substitute test for Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) required for initial licensure. The Board of Education approved the following scores on the ACT: ACT Taken Prior to April 1, 1995 -- a composite score of 21 with the ACT mathematics score no less than 21 and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 37. ACT Taken After April 1, 1995 -- a composite score of 24 with the ACT mathematics score no less than 22 and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 46. Individuals who request to use ACT or SAT scores for Praxis I must provide a copy of their official report of scores. The Division of Teacher Education and Licensure also will accept the ACT or SAT scores listed on an official student transcript from an accredited college or university (including the registrar's signature and institution raised seal).

September 3, 2004: Those grant participants who had not submitted passing Praxis I scores or an equivalent to the grant office by August 28th were moved to inactive status. These participants will be reinstated, if eligible, for the Spring 2005 semester once they submit passing Praxis I scores or an equivalent.

July 13, 2004: The Virginia Reading Assessment will be required for initial licensure in special education beginning with all licenses sought or issued after June 30, 2004. If you are holding a Conditional Special Education License issued before June 30, 2004, you do not need to take the VRA.

June 16, 2004:
On May 5th, all participants who did not have passing Praxis I scores on file with the grant were sent a registered letter reminding them that when the Fall, 2004 semester begins, any grant participant who has not submitting passing Praxis I or SAT scores will be moved to inactive status with the grant and no grant funds will be applied to their accounts for that or any subsequent semesters. This requirement holds for ALL grant participants regardless of the date that they entered the program.

April 2, 2004: SAT scores in place of Praxis I scores: From ODU Teacher Education Services:
Recently, the Virginia Board of Education made a decision that approves an SAT score substitution for Praxis I. A score of 1100 on the SAT, taken after April 1, 1995, with at least a 530 on the verbal and a 530 on the mathematics tests OR a score of 1000 on the SAT, taken prior to April 1, 1995, with at least a 450 on the verbal and a 510 on the mathematics tests may be used as a substitute for Praxis I. Official score reports or an official college transcript with the scores are acceptable proof.

March 29, 2004: The service obligation has been put on hold again. We will notify you when changes occur.

March 11, 2004: The Virginia Department of Education has notified us that the service obligation will begin July 1, 2004 (in our case, with the beginning of the fall, 2004 semester. Service Obligation Statement: Individuals who receive tuition assistance or support from projects funded by the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Special Education State Improvement Grant, or IDEA will be required to complete a service obligation or repay all or part of costs of such assistance. This program stipulates that for every $1,000 of support over the CSEEP program duration, recipients must maintain full-time employment in a special education program in a Virginia public school or accredited private school for a period of one semester or repay the Virginia Department of Education the amount of support they received. For example, a participant who takes 2 grant-paid classes during the fall semester satisfies the service obligation by maintaining employment in the spring semester. Additionally, the participant may take classes during a semester in which repayment of the service obligation is occurring. Repayment of the service obligation cannot occur during the summer semester unless the participant has a contract that covers 12 months of employment.

February 19, 2004: Since the proposed licensure regulations were pulled by the Board of Education, the Praxis II requirement for special education licensure has been "put on hold" and will not be effective July 1, 2004. We post further information here as it becomes available.

December 19, 2003: The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program will approach grant funding differently this spring semester. In the past, we waited until after the add/drop/ registration deadline to submit the approval list to the Office of Finance. This spring semester, we will submit an approval list before the add/drop/registration deadline. Because of this, it is very important that you register for your spring course(s) at your earliest convenience. This will allow the Office of Finance to apply grant funding to your student account. This will help reduce potential problems with your student account.

If we have not received your Pre Task Rating Form or your Eligibility Check Form by January 19, 2004, grant funding will be withdrawn from your ODU student account and cannot be re-applied. You will be responsible for all of your tuition and any attached fees.Please keep in mind that the add/drop registration deadline is January 20, 2004. If you decide to drop a course this spring semester, you must do so by this date to avoid your responsibility of any portion of the tuition cost.

To access the Pre Task Rating and the Eligibility Check forms, click on Important Forms from the home page. Your Old Dominion University (ODU) e-mail account must be activated. If you have encountered problems activating your ODU email account or have lost your ODU email password, please contact the Office of Computing and Communication Services (OCCS) at 1-800-968-2638 ext. 3192, 757-683-3192, administrative services@odu.edu, or occshelp@odu.edu.

December 3, 2003: There has been an important change to grant policy. Please read the following:
Based on advice from our advisory board, examination of our finisher data, university accreditation requirements, and trends in licensure and hiring, the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program grant team has decided to make Praxis I an entrance/continuance requirement for all current and future grant participants as of August 1, 2004. This will mean that beginning with the Fall 2004 semester, the grant will not extend funding to any teacher who has not passed Praxis I. Therefore all current grant participants who will not finish their programs before Fall 2004 should make plans to take Praxis I immediately to allow retests if necessary. Any applications for Fall 2004 must include passing Praxis I scores.

November 10, 2003: The course approval letters for the spring and summer semesters were mailed out on Friday and should arrive this week. Please notify us immediately if you don't have one by the 17th or there is an error. Remember that the date for the mentor forms is November 21st.

October 15, 2003: At this point in the semester, your mentor should have observed you twice, using both Interim Review forms in your packet. Have your mentor hang on to these and send all observations with the honorarium form by November 21st. The process for generating course approval letters has begun. You will have the letters by November 17.

September 1, 2003: Teleconference for all grant recipients (old and new) was held on Thursday, August 28 at 5:30 at your site. Attendance was mandatory. If you were one of the many participants who did not attend this conference, please view the tape or the online transcript before calling the office with questions.

August 19, 2003: A warm welcome to the 100+ new CSEEP participants from all over Virginia! Our new award from the Department of Education allowed us to admit our waiting list and several lucky late applicants. Please remember to complete your Pre-Task Rating form online ASAP.

August 10, 2003: The mentor forms were sent to the sites today. Please pick up your packet as soon as possible, read the attachments and give the forms to your mentor. All assessment materials (2 Mentor Observation Forms--Interim Review, 1 MOF--Summative Evaluation and the Mentor Reimbursement Form) are due in this office on November 21, 2003. Remember, we do not contact the mentors--all of the forms and information about the grant come through you!

June 12, 2003: Remember that we do not deposit payments for summer classes until the tuition deadline or slightly later. You are likely to get at least one bill during this period. If you are taking an approved class and have paid your portion, disregard the bill(s).

May 19, 2003: Summer classes have begun and many grant recipients are taking advantage of the increase of grant paid classes from 4 to 5 this academic year. We are still awaiting official paperwork from the Virginia Department of Education regarding the service obligation, but there are still 88 participants who have not acknowledged this important change (see April 4, 2003).

April 9, 2003: No new applicants: A shortage of available funds has forced us to reserve tuition monies for those students currently participating in the program. Recent applicants were placed on a waiting list and sent letters of explanation.

April 4, 2003: Please read the two very important notices below. You will receive a letter asking you to sign a statement of acknowledgement. This letter and the fall course approval letters were mailed out 4/2/03:

Participant Contribution Increase: As a result of the amount of VDOE funds available to the CSEEP program for the 7/1/03 - 6/30/04 fiscal year and tuition increases, the participant tuition contribution for CSEEP grant recipients will increase from $100 per approved course to $200 per approved course, beginning with the Fall 2003 semester. Thus, you will be required to pay $200 (plus a service fee per semester as required by the University-currently $8) into your student account for EACH grant-funded course, beginning with the Fall 2003 semester and for all subsequent semesters.

Service Obligation Statement: Individuals who receive tuition assistance or support from projects funded by the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Special Education State Improvement Grant, or IDEA will be required to complete a service obligation or repay all or part of costs of such assistance. This program stipulates that for every $1,000 of support over the CSEEP program duration, recipients must maintain full-time employment in a special education program in a Virginia public school or accredited private school for a period of one semester or repay the Virginia Department of Education the amount of support they received. For example, a participant who takes 2 grant-paid classes during the fall semester satisfies the service obligation by maintaining employment in the spring semester. Additionally, the participant may take classes during a semester in which repayment of the service obligation is occurring. Repayment of the service obligation cannot occur during the summer semester unless the participant has a contract that covers 12 months of employment.

March 27, 2003: Registration is fast approaching and registering quickly is more important than ever for CSEEP participants. Classes will fill up very quickly this summer as all Virginia teachers scramble to meet licensure requirements. Click here to find out exactly when you can register. The special ed program has also added 2 virtual classes to the summer schedule to meet growing demands. Here is the link to the long range schedule. Remember that virtual classes are broadcast only to Gornto (ODU), the Virginia Beach Higher Ed Center, the Northern Virginia Higher Ed Center, the Peninsula Center and TCC Portsmouth.

February 18, 2003: The Spring 2003 edition of our newsletter Commonwealth Connections is now available on this website--see Newsletters from the main page. In addition to congratulating all of our finishers by name and division, there are some very interesting data from employers (principals) who compared our CSEEP teachers to the other special education teachers in their schools. This newsletter is being read by every superintendent and legislator in Virginia this week!

All tuition payments have been sent to the finance department at this point in the semester. If, when you view your account, there is a balance due, either we have made a mistake or you have registered incorrectly OR--more commonly--you have neglected to fill out one of our required forms. Please check the status of your student account today at Leo Online, and email immediately if your balance is not correct.

January 10, 2003: Welcome back, grant participants! While most of you have been preparing to return to class, our office has admitted 45 new participants to the program. We ran a very successful "teachers' lounge" campaign to let other conditionally licensed special educators know that funds were available. To our new people and those who missed it last time: the orientation teleconference is this Thursday, the 16th at 6 p.m. You must attend this meeting with your mentor. We have found that at least 90% of the questions we get in the office are answered in detail at the teleconference. Please make plans to be there and sign the attendance sheet.

November14, 2002: Course approval letters for the spring and summer semesters went out yesterday. Call us immediately if you don't get one or yours is wrong. Also, we are again asking grant recipients to fill out the VDOE SIP/SIG forms. They are like teacher evaluations and will be given to you by your site directors. Thank you for your time in completing this additional assessment.

October 23, 2002: At this point, those of you taking grant-paid classes should have been observed twice by your mentors and the 2 Interim Review sheets completed. After the final Summative Evaluation later in the semester, the forms should all be sent in together before the November 22 deadline.

A caution to those of you who still have balances on your accounts: if we have not paid our part either we made a mistake or you have not completed a form or submitted an updated license. Call us immediately--these accounts are being assessed late charges and may go to collections.

September 25, 2002: Graduate Continuance Regulations (From the 2002-2004 University Catalog, September, 2002)

At the end of each semester ( fall, spring, and summer) the graduate continuance director reviews records of students who do not maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA).  Graduate students, whether degree or non-degree seeking, who do not have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 will be placed on probation.
Remember that grant recipients must make a B- or better in any grant-funded course.

September 5, 2002:
Tuition Deadline
Please pay your portion of the fall 2002 tuition ($100.00 per approved course) plus fees (usually $8.00, but check your account for the exact amount of the fees). Our portion will be submitted to the finance office today or tomorrow. Please do not wait for your account to be adjusted. You will be responsible for any late or collection fees which will be added to your account if your portion was not paid by the deadline. A hold may have been placed on your account. This automatically kicks in a day or two after the last day of registration. Once our portion has been applied the hold will be lifted (if you have paid your portion).

Form Deadline
For those of you who have had problems with your email accounts, we have extended the eligibility (continuing participants) and pretask (new participants) form deadline to Monday, September 9, 2002. If you are included in this group, your name will not be submitted to the finance office for payment of your tuition until we receive your completed form. If you do not know your mentor's name at this time, please enter "TBD" (to be determined) leave that section blank. Please keep in mind that we must have a completed mentor application form from you by the end of the next week. Do not forget to have both the mentor and the superintendent or designee sign.

Expired License
For those of you who do not have paperwork in progress at the Virginia Department of Education regarding the extension of your conditional/provisional license, you will be placed on inactive status. This means that no further CSEEP grant funding will be applied to your student account, including funding for this semester. If this occurs, you will have to reapply to the grant program. If you have already spoken with me regarding your license extension, thank you.

August 30, 2002: The September 3rd deadline is fast approaching and we still have a number of new participants who are registered and have not completed the PreTask Rating Form online. There are also a great number of "old" participants who have not completed the Eligibility Check online. We will be unable to deposit grant funds to these student accounts until these forms have been posted. Please call today if you have questions about this grant requirement.

August 21, 2002:The only approved ECI 680 fall 2002 semester course is the virtual class held on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. This class is only available to those attending the Gornto (main campus), Peninsula Higher Education Center, Northern Virginia Center,Virginia Beach Higher Education Center sites and TCC Portsmouth . The ECI 680 class scheduled for Mondays at 10:00 A.M. is not approved by the grant. The ECI 680 asynchronous class is also not approved by the grant. At this time, we do not know when ECI 680 will be available through the grant.
Anyone who has been previously approved to take ECI 680 and is registered for any fall ECI 680 course other than the virtual class, please drop this course by September 3rd unless you intend to pay the full tuition.

In addition to ESSE 568, 623, and 624, ESSE 617 will also be offered for the spring 2003 semester.

August 9, 2002: Welcome back to all of our "old" participants! Course approval packets went out August 2nd. Don't forget that all "old" participants must complete the Eligibility Check under Important Forms to continue grant funding.

And a big welcome to our 146 new participants! Please remember that, among other things, you will need to fill out your PreTask Rating Form online under Important Forms. Welcome packets are on their way, and see you at the Orientation Teleconference on Tuesday, August 27th at 5:30 at your site. Attendence for new people is mandatory.

July 25, 2002: Good news for CSEEP participants! This summer OCCS agreed to make CSEEP participants' email accounts permanent until they complete their programs, regardless of gaps in registration. If you don't have an account or yours was closed, please go to http://season.odu.edu/ to open another one or check to see whether yours is still active. This may be done as soon as you have registered for a class and is necessary to participate in the grant. As always, you can arrange to have your mail automatically forwarded to another email address.

May 6, 2002: Some grant participants may get "caught" between the changes to the computer based version of the Praxis I in attempting to get a passing score. We alerted our grant participants to the change in the computer based version of Praxis I on February 15, 2002, but we did not specify the problems that would result from attempting to combine old Computer-based Praxis (CBT) scores with new computer-based (CPPST) scores.

First of all, the old version (CBT) was retired on December 31, 2001. The new version (CPPST) is the only computerized version available. Here is a link to the information booklet for the new CPPST http://www.ets.org/praxis/prxcbt.html#gencbt (Scroll to open the Computerized PPST Bulletin and Tests at a Glance)

The new version was reformulated and is scored like the paper version, i.e. a composite score of 532 is passing. Because of the change in scoring, you cannot combine passing scores on any portion of the old CBT with passing scores on the new CPPST. In other words, if you were hoping to retake a portion of the computer based test to achieve a passing score, you cannot--you must retake the entire test in the CPPST format. We regret any problems you all might have experienced in this area and wish you luck in your Praxis testing.

May 6, 2002: An email was sent out to remind participants that the grant can pay for a total of 4 classes for the academic year (Fall 2001, Spring 2002 and Summer 2002). Please keep this rule in mind as you register for classes for the summer to avoid having to pay for classes you might not have planned on.

April 22, 2002: Dr. Baker has asked that any of our grant participants interested in seeking a master's degree make application as soon as possible. For more information, email essegpd@odu.edu

April 4, 2002--The Virginia Department of Education has asked us to have all participants taking courses for spring through the grant complete a survey entitled "Training Evaluation Instrument--Participant Form; Virginia's State Improvement Plan for Special Education (SIP)." Please complete one for each grant-funded class you have taken this spring. Site Directors have received these forms and will distribute them on or around April 15th. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

March 27, 2002: The Mentor Observation Form--Interim Review is now available for downloading on this web site under Important Forms. We will continue to mail these forms out to the participants' sites during the first part of the fall and spring semesters when they are to be used, but extra copies can now be obtained here as well. The Mentor Observation Form--Summative Evaluation is a Teleform document and will not be available on the website.

March 20, 2002: The Mentor Observation Form--Summative Evaluation and the Mentor Reimbursement Form were sent to the sites today. Please pick up your packet as soon as possible, read the attachments and give the forms to your mentor. All assessment materials (2 Mentor Observation Forms--Interim Review, 1 MOF--Summative Evaluation and the Mentor Reimbursement Form) are due in this office on April 22, 2002.

Effective immediately:
The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program has made a policy change regarding Praxis I. As part of your licensure requirements, you must submit evidence of successful completion of Praxis I according to the scores established by the Commonwealth of Virginia prior to receiving full licensure.

If you have taken Praxis I, please mail or fax the grant office a copy of your scores immediately to be added to your file. If not, please make plans to take the Praxis I as soon as possible.
Regarding NTE scores: if you submitted an application to the Virginia Department of Education for initial licensure which is on file, and you completed the NTE before June 30, 1999, passing NTE scores may be accepted.

Here is a link to the Virginia Department of Education web site's page regarding Praxis I:
http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/newvdoe/praxis.pdf
Please read this information carefully before calling us with questions.

February 15, 2002: Participants with June 2002 expiration dates on their licenses:
If you will not be finishing your endorsement requirements during the summer semester, you will need to begin the process of getting an extension on your conditional license. Your school must request the extension, so begin by asking your principal/administrator to do so. If your conditional license expires without an extension, you will be ineligible for the grant for the Fall 2002 semester.

January 10, 2002: Assessment materials were sent to the sites today. Please pick up your packet as soon as possible, read the attachments and give the forms to your mentor.

December 18: Participants--please remember that the grant is only able to pay for classes which lead to endorsement in the areas stated on your conditional license. For example, if your license states ED and MR, the grant is unable to pay for classes related to LD. Also, the grant can only cover Teletechnet classes. Your course approval letter reflects these grant rules.

December 17: The grant informed students on the waiting list for the spring semester that we were unable to admit any new participants for spring. Tuition monies are being reserved for current participants. Complete application packets will be reviewed again for the summer semester.

December 13: Please remember that, ultimately, you are liable for the charges related to any course you register for. If we approve courses for you, then our share is deposited in your account, usually at or just after the university deadline. Your share must be paid before the deadline. Any late or collections charged related to your portion, grant-related or not, cannot be waived. The deadline for tuition payment to ODU for the spring semester is January 22, 2002. DO NOT wait for a bill from CSEEP. We do not send bills or any finance-related paperwork. Any problems with your account should be taken directly to the finance department at: 1-800-968-2638 ext. 3030. Locally--683-3030.

Remember, it is your responsibility to let the grant office know of any changes to personal information, employment, change of site attended, etc. If we cannot reach you through the information (ODU email address, or home/school addresses and/or phone numbers) we have on record for you, then any academic, scheduling, or funding problems which result become your responsibility. Your grant eligibility is based on your meeting all requirements and conditions.

November 29: An email was sent to participants today giving details on the portfolios which will become our new method of assessment. This email gave participants the link for the Fall 2001 newsletter (now available on this web site). The newsletter goes into detail about portfolios, describing what to include and how to arrange one. Start collecting materials this semester, using the newsletter as a guide. If you did not get this important email, contact us immediately.

November 15: The Virginia Department of Education has asked us to have all participants taking courses for fall through the grant complete a survey entitled "Training Evaluation Instrument--Participant Form; Virginia's State Improvement Plan for Special Education (SIP)." Please complete one for each grant-funded class you have taken this fall. We informed you of this responsibility by a flyer which was included with your course approval letter. Site Directors will receive these forms next week and will distribute them then or after the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for your cooperation!

November 14: The PreTask Rating form (for participants admitted for fall 2001 only) is now available online at this web page under Important Forms. An email will be sent to participants' ODU email addresses about this today.

November 12: MOF--Summative Evaluation was sent to the participants' sites today. Each packet contains a letter of instruction, one Mentor Observation Form--Summative Evaluation, a mentor honorarium (payment) form and instructions for filling out the honorarium form. Participants should be able to pick up these forms in a few days to distribute to their mentors.

Course Approval Letters went out to all participants November 8th. If you don't get yours within a week or if you see mistakes, call us.

Regarding the new mentor form, participants will see that we are making a move toward portfolio assessment and that the mentors will assist in identifying items for future portfolios. However, for this semester, no portfolios or portfolio items are required to be submitted to us. This change will be fully implemented in a later semester, so save likely items. An email went out about this October 25th.

October 3, 2001: We sent packets of Mentor Observation Forms--Interim Review to each site and emailed participants who were currently enrolled in fall classes to let them know to pick up these forms to give to their mentors. In the cover letter, we explained that in a typical semester, the mentor would fill out two of these and one Mentor Observation Form--Summative Evaluation at the end. However, this semester we will ask for only one of the MOF--Interim Review and one MOF--Summative Evaluation (see above announcement).

*********Addendum to the Administrative Manual*********

It was decided at our recent advisory board meeting that for the first 2 semesters of inactivity (non-registration for approved course work), the participant would be required to reapply to the program, including being placed on the waiting list, to continue grant funding. If the participant then passes a single semester in which he or she opts not to take approved course work, he or she is then permanently removed from the program.

CSEEP is now accepting applications for the Summer 2002 semester. These application packets are due April 1, 2001.

If you received an I (incomplete) grade for the summer semester and are making up work to receive a passing grade, you must notify us of the grade change. Remember that "I" grades become "F"s one semester after the semester in which you received them if you do not complete the work and notify the instructor.