The state of Virginia requires all teachers of record to hold a bachelor’s degree and meet a number of testing and certification requirements, including awareness training on the indicators of dyslexia, child abuse recognition and intervention, emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, etc. There is no formal tier system in VA, however, the Virginia Department of Education recognizes voluntary designations as an add-on endorsement, that reflect stages in the professional development of teachers. Career Teacher is a voluntary teacher designation issued to individuals who have gained continuing contract status in Virginia. Mentor Teacher is the second-tier teacher designation issued to individuals who have (i) achieved the Career Teacher designation, (ii) received a recommendation for the designation from an employing Virginia school division superintendent or designee or accredited nonpublic school head, (iii) served at least three years as a mentor teacher in Virginia, (iv) documented responsibilities as a mentor, and (v) completed a local or state mentor teacher training program. Teacher as Leader is a third-tier teacher designation issued to individuals who have (i) achieved the Career Teacher designation; (ii) completed at least five years of successful, full-time teaching experience in a Virginia public school or accredited nonpublic school; (iii) received a recommendation from an employing Virginia school division superintendent or designee or an accredited nonpublic school head; (iv) and received either a National Board Certification or a recommendation from an employing Virginia school division superintendent, verifying the individual’s demonstrated skills and abilities as a school leader and direct contributions to school effectiveness and student achievement. For additional information about certification, please, consult the Virginia Department of Education.
This is a list that the state maintains of approved credentialing programs. Use this list to search for credentialing programs that fit your needs. This list displays all credentialing programs (including those that are not specifically for world language teaching). The state may periodically change this list. Credential-seeking individuals must attend a program from this approved list to receive credentials in the state of Virginia. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/educator_preparation/college_programs/index.shtml