ACEC Virginia & VMA Collaboration Works!
Board Approves New STEM Regulations for Teachers
Two new, enabling regulations governing prospective STEM teachers in Virginia have been approved by the State Board of Education and completed the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall process after ACEC Virginia and the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) proposed and advocated for them. The new state regulations will positively affect K-12 STEM education in the Commonwealth by making it easier for engineering majors to teach in K-12 and by setting standards for an engineering program for teachers.
One of the regulations permits engineering majors to seek a three-year, non-renewable, provisional teaching license and the other regulation defines requirements for a university to create an engineering preparation program for teachers. Previously math, physics, chemistry, biology, or earth science majors qualified to seek a provisional teaching license directly upon college graduation, but engineering majors didn’t qualify.
In response to a Virginia Department of Education Notice of Intended Regulatory Action in 2012, ACEC Virginia and the VMA took the initiative to propose a draft of regulations removing barriers to engineering majors entering the K-12 workforce, and thus, ensuring the quality and the technical expertise of K-12 engineering teachers in Virginia.
As with any provisional license, this allows the holder to teach for three years while completing any required professional education courses to qualify for a five-year renewable professional teaching license.
“With our combined efforts, we continue to affirm our commitment to engineering students across Virginia in preparing future engineers with teachers experienced in the Built Environment,” said ACEC Virginia Executive Director Nancy Israel.