New teacher licensure information
- For teachers holding a state license outside of Virginia, please visit the Virginia Department of Education‘s website for information and regulations on Virginia teaching requirements and licensure.
- To apply for an initial Virginia teacher license, refer to the Licensure Application page on the Virginia Department of Education’s website to obtain the forms and information on specific steps.
- To obtain additional information regarding the Virginia Professional Teaching Assessments, refer to the Assessments page on the Virginia Department of Education’s website.
- Individuals completing an educational preparation program through a regionally accredited college or university should check with their school to make sure that the school is going to submit an initial licensure application packet to the Virginia Department of Education.
- For information and regulations on Virginia alternative routes to licensure, you may find additional information regarding the Career Switcher Program on the Virginia Department of Education’s website.
- Always make sure that your mailing address on file with the Human Resources Department is correct. This information is reported to the Virginia Department of Education each time a licensure request is submitted and is used to deliver documentation or other correspondence to your home address.
- Always keep your Virginia licensure information up to date. The most important areas on your license are as follows: Full Name, Degree Level, License Number, Validity Dates, Endorsement Area(s) and TSIP Status.
- Teachers holding a 5-year renewable license are required to have a total of 180 recertification points at the time of renewal. The 180 points are earned over a 5 year period that is indicated on the front of the Virginia license. Please review the Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual to get additional information on the available renewal options to earn the required 180 recertification points.
- Please do not send any documentation directly to the Department of Education. Always go through the Licensure Specialist.
- In order to post recertification points to any teacher licensure account, an official transcript in a sealed envelope from the college or university registrar’s office must be submitted to the Caroline County Public Schools Human Resources Department, Attn: Pat Taylor-Smith, Personnel Specialist.
- For information regarding the process to add an endorsement to your existing license, contact Pat Taylor-Smith at (804) 633-5088 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Note: Revision in License Renewal Requirements
The 2015 General Assembly passed House Bill 1320 that amended requirements for license renewal as follows:
Every person seeking renewal of a license shall complete all renewal requirements, including professional development in a manner prescribed by the Board, except that no person seeking renewal of a license shall be required to satisfy any such requirement by completing coursework and earning credit at an institution of higher education.
On or after July 1, 2015, license holders will not be required to take a college or university course to renew a Board of Education license. License holders will need to complete 180 professional development points and all other renewal requirements set forth in regulation and statute. The process to change the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel to conform to the statute has commenced. The Licensure Renewal Manual also will be revised to reflect this change.