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Teaching License Renewal

Teachers use online professional development and continuing education courses to renew a teaching license in VA. Licenses for renewal may be submitted to the Office of Licensure any time after January 1 of the year of expiration. Renewal requests should not be submitted prior to January 1 of the year of expiration. Points for renewal will be based upon activities that may be earned from graduate credit courses from a regionally accredited university or professional development activities.

One semester hour = 30 points

5 clock/contact hours = 5 points

The substance or content of each renewal activity must be consistent with the license holder’s goal(s) for professional development and must clearly fit one or more of six domains of professional competency in education.

Student Industry Credentials

The 2012 General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed into law, HB 1061 and SB 489, to strengthen postsecondary education and workplace readiness opportunities for all students. The legislation says, in part:

“Beginning with first-time ninth grade students in the 2013-2014 school year, requirements for the standard diploma shall include a requirement to earn a career and technical education credential that has been approved by the Board, that could include, but not be limited to, the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia workplace readiness skills assessment.”

Board-Approved Industry Credentials for Students – April 22, 2021 Approved List

CTE Catalogue of Industry Credentials with Testing Accommodations for English Learners

The 2018 Virginia General Assembly House Billdirected the Department of Education to develop, maintain, and make available to each local school board a catalogue of the testing accommodations available to English learners for each certification, examination, assessment, and battery that satisfies the career and technical education credential graduation requirement. The bill requires each local school board to develop and implement policies to require each high school principal or his designee to notify each English learner of the availability of such testing accommodations prior to the student's participation in any such certification, examination, assessment, or battery.

The Career and Technical Education Catalogue of Industry Credentials with Testing Accommodations for English Learners (Revised June 2021)provides a list of industry credentialing providers that indicated their examinations address one or more of the direct linguistic or indirect linguistic modes of English Learner accommodations. Additional information about accommodations can be obtained in theProcedures for Determining English Learner Participation in the Virginia Assessment Program.

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Data on Industry Credentialing in Virginia

Data presented is based on the performance of CTE program completers. A CTE completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration (course sequence) and all requirements for high school graduation, or an approved alternative.

CTE Performance Trends – Summarizes statewide demographics and student performance.

Secondary schools report the number of credentials earned by students for passing Board-approved credentialing exams. Prior to 2010-2011, workplace readiness skills assessments were included in Industry Certification category, but now are reported separately. Source: Virginia’s School Report Card

Explanations and Examples for the Data Collection Process for Student Credentialing (SWSS)

§Explanation of Data for SSWS Records

§Record Format for Credentialing Application

§Example of Data Records for SSWS Process

§Narrative of the SSWS Process

For more information about the current process, go to CTE Credential Data Collection