The Virginia Department of Education solicited proposals from colleges and universities with approved programs in special education to provide coursework and activities for teachers to gain competencies required for special education endorsements. The department was specifically interested in innovative delivery formats that addressed special education personnel needs while being responsive to the demands of working professionals. Liberty University was one of the eligible applicants of this grant as they offered courses through distance learning for teachers across the Commonwealth to complete the requirements for standard special education licensure. The grant funds provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia and support offered by an on-site mentor, as well as university faculty, ensured that each individual in the Commonwealth public school special education system had the opportunity to become a highly qualified practitioner.
Ackerman, Beth E.; Parker, Karen L.; and Burgess, Pat, "The Universities’ Role in Assisting States in Obtaining Highly Qualified Teachers" (2004). Faculty Publications and Presentations. 53.