Teacher Licensure

  • Teacher licensure icon All contracted instructional employees working for WPS must hold and maintain an active teaching license issued by the Virginia Department of Education as required by the Code of Virginia. Licensed positions include the following:  Teachers, library media specialists, school counselors, and instructional administrators. The WPS licensure specialist assists employees in applying for initial licensure, making licensure changes and submitting the renewal of a license.

Licensure News and Updates

  • Dyslexia Awareness Training Module

    Effective July 1, 2017, every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall complete awareness training, provided by VDOE, on the indicators of dyslexia, as that term is defined by the board pursuant to regulations, and the evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia.  WPS employees should print the certificate of completion and forward it to the WPS licensure specialist.

    View the VDOE Dyslexia Awareness Training Module 
    For PC and Mac computer users. Viewing on an iPad or smartphone requires the download of the free “mobile player.”

    Hands-on Practice Necessary for CPR Requirement

    Effective September 1, 2017, certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators that is required of every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license as a teacher shall include hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. For WPS employees, this training will be offered in-house periodically and dates will be communicated via e-mail.

    Mandatory School Counselor Training

    Effective July 1, 2017, every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license with an endorsement as a school counselor must complete training in the recognition of mental health disorder and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse. See Superintendent's Memo #313-17 for a list of training options. WPS employees should complete the free on-line training option and forward certificates of completion to the WPS licensure specialist.

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