Tuition Free Course to become Special Ed Teacher … Interest Letter Due July 16

2018 Tuition-Free Prerequisite Course for a Provisional (Special Education) License Offered at Old Dominion University (Tri-Cities Center)

*ONLY 10 Slots Available Division-wide

Interest Application Due July 16, 2018

To address the critical shortages of teachers in special education, Suffolk Public Schools will offer a tuition-free course, Foundations of Special Education: Legal Aspects and Characteristics (SPED 400), to 10 individuals recommended by Suffolk Public Schools Administrators.  This fall coursework will be offered to individuals seeking endorsement in the area of Special Education (General Curriculum).

Among other requirements set forth in the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel and state statute, individuals seeking a Provisional (Special Education) License with an endorsement in special education must complete a prerequisite course that includes “foundations for educating students with disabilities and an understanding and application of the legal aspects and regulatory requirements associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities.”  The Old Dominion University course (SPED 400) will meet this course requirement. 

The cost of applying to Old Dominion University, the tuition for the course, and the cost of the textbook and fees will be covered by Suffolk Public Schools.  The only cost to participants will be the cost of transportation to and from the class which will be held at the Old Dominion Tri-Cities Center.

Space is limited to 10 participants on a first-come, first served basis.  Applicants should submit their interest application using the Google link provided by July 16, 2018.   Interested applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, must not have been previously employed under a provisional license in special education, and must be recommended by an administrator who has worked with the candidate.

Applicants must submit the following forms:

  1. Online Interest Form.  The Online Interest Form must be completed online at Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance.
  2. School Administrator (or Designee) Recommendation Form.  This form will be emailed to the administrator that you list on your interest form upon submission.

For information about the course, please contact Dr. Rodney Brown, Director of Human Resources or Diane Glover, Director of Special Education.