State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Virginia

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Virginia has adopted the Virginia Performance Standards for School Leaders. Source
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Virginia Board of Education 8 Va. Admin. Code 20-542-30
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Administration and supervision P-12 preparation programs must align with adopted competencies for administration and supervision P-12. 8 Va. Admin. Code 20-542-530
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. Administration and supervision P-12 preparation programs must provide a minimum of 320 hours of a deliberately structured and supervised internship. State policy provides additional requirements. 8 Va. Admin. Code 20-542-530
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for a Level I Administration and Supervision P-12 Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete an approved program in administration and supervision from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete a minimum of 320 hours of a deliberately structured and supervised internship that provides exposure to multiple sites with diverse student populations
  • Have three years of successful, full-time experience in a public school/non-public school in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-590
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state must also hold a master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. 8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-590
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? There are two alternative routes to certification:

Route 1 is restricted to the Virginia school division in which the school superintendent submitted the recommendation for endorsement. The candidate must have completed graduate coursework in school law, evaluation of instruction and other areas of study required by the employing Virginia school superintendent.

Route 2 has a more stringent graduate coursework requirement and is not restricted.
8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-590

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