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Virginia Administrative Code
1/23/2022

Chapter 450. Regulations Governing Professional Development

8VAC20-450-10. Purpose.

Local school authorities shall develop continuing in-service training programs in accordance with the provision of the Standards of Quality, as follows:

Each school division shall provide a program of personnel development for instructional personnel. This program shall be designed to help all personnel increase proficiency in performing responsibilities.

Underlying the Standards of Quality is the desire that local school divisions will provide in-service and staff development activities consistent with locally identified needs. Planning shall include representation of professional personnel. Such activities may include in-school staff development endeavors, classes with college credit, classes without college credit, or other activities which the school division determines to be appropriate for the needs of staff.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-8 and 22.1-253.13:5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0043 § 1, eff. September 1, 1980.

8VAC20-450-20. Classes with college credit.

The division superintendent of schools may:

1. Organize classes within the division on a regular basis;

2. Arrange with state institutions of higher learning to provide instructors for such classes, which will involve semester hours credit; and

3. Select and enroll instructional personnel who must be under a teaching contract with the participating school boards.

The selection of a participant should be based on the superintendent's belief that completion of such a course will improve the quality of instruction in the specific instructional assignment for which the participant is employed.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-8 and 22.1-253.13:5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0043 § 2, eff. September 1, 1980.

8VAC20-450-30. Program (noncollege credit) administered by school divisions.

School divisions are encouraged to design and develop programs to meet the objectives of the Standards of Quality established by the General Assembly and to meet special needs of the local educational program. The primary objective of the noncollege credit program shall be to increase proficiency of instructional personnel in performing assigned tasks. These programs, with prior approval of the Department of Education, will be accepted for partial fullfillment of certification renewal requirements. One hour credit necessitates a minimum of 16 contact hours. Noncollege credit programs may not be substituted for college credit courses needed to meet specific course requirements for certificate endorsement.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-8 and 22.1-253.13:5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0043 § 3, eff. September 1, 1980.

8VAC20-450-40. Criteria for program approval.

Applications for approval for these programs shall be submitted on forms provided by the Department of Education to include the following:

1. Documentation of areas of need for in-service programs;

2. Objectives for the program;

3. Number of teachers involved in the program;

4. Description of training plans;

5. Plans for program evaluation; and

6. Names and qualifications of instructors or consultants.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-8 and 22.1-253.13:5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0043 § 4, eff. September 1, 1980.

8VAC20-450-50. Use of in-service certification.

Certification renewal credit earned under these programs (noncollege credit) shall not constitute more than three of the six semester hours' credit required for certificate renewal. College credit courses taken for certificate renewal shall be taken at a senior institution unless a new endorsement is sought. Courses taken for certification deficiency purposes may be taken at a two-year or four-year institution. Underlying certificate renewal is the assumption that courses taken shall be at or beyond the level at which previous work was completed.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-8 and 22.1-253.13:5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0043 § 5, eff. September 1, 1980.

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