Virtual High Schools: Must All Teachers in the Virtual Program Receive Appropriate Training for Online Teaching?
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Virtual High Schools: Must All Teachers in the Virtual Program Receive Appropriate Training for Online Teaching?

Virtual high schools require that instructors teach in an environment that is different from a traditional "brick and mortar" classroom. As such, some states require that the instructors have appropriate training to teach in this new forum.

Why does it matter? Students benefit when teachers understand how to be successful in this very different environment.

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Must all teachers in the virtual program receive appropriate training for online teaching?
Alabama Yes
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Yes
California Yes
Colorado Yes
Florida Yes
Georgia Yes
Hawaii Yes
Idaho Yes
Illinois Yes
Iowa Yes. Teachers who have never taught "at a distance" must participate in staff development opportunities provided through the state's Area Education Agencies.
Kentucky Yes
Louisiana Yes
Maryland Yes
Michigan Yes
Mississippi Yes
Missouri Yes
New Mexico No
North Carolina Yes
North Dakota No information available
Oregon Yes
South Carolina Yes, all online teachers must receive appropriate pre-service and in-service training pertaining to organization, classroom management, technical aspects, monitoring of student assessment, and other pertinent training from the department of education.
South Dakota No
Texas Yes, all teachers must successfully complete a professional development course for online teaching.
Utah No
Virginia No
West Virginia No
Wisconsin Yes

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