Licensure Procedures

The Department of Human Resources Licensure Office acts as a liaison with the Virginia Department of Education, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure. We assist Hanover County Public Schools' contracted teachers and other school professionals to obtain and maintain valid licensure.

Contracted instructional personnel are required to obtain and maintain a Virginia School Personnel License with appropriate endorsement(s). An endorsement area is the subject area and the grade level you are licensed to teach or serve. All newly hired instructional personnel should apply for a Virginia teaching license no later than 90 days after hire date, as per their contractual agreement (30 days is needed for processing).

Meeting the bulleted items below is required for contracted instructional personnel renewing their five-year professional licenses. PLEASE NOTE: The bulleted items below must be completed for each renewal cycle. 

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training: The 2002 Virginia General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to require that individuals seeking initial licensure and license renewal on and after July 1, 2004, must complete study in child abuse recognition and intervention in accordance with curriculum guidelines approved by the Board of Education. All instructional personnel required to hold a license for their positions are required to complete this requirement. Individuals must complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention requirement PRIOR TO LICENSURE AND PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT IN A VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOL. A free training module is available on the Virginia Department of Education website. Be sure your computer is connected to a printer when completing this training so you can print the certificate of completion. This free on-line course takes approximately 30 minutes. Submit this certificate to the Human Resources Department, Licensure Office.

  • Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel: The Virginia Department of Education requires individuals seeking initial licensure to demonstrate proficiency in the use of educational technology for instruction. If you have met this requirement in another Virginia school division in the last 5 years, please forward evidence of completion to the Human Resources Department in the School Board Office.

  • Emergency First Aid, CPR, and use of AEDs: Effective September 1, 2017, the Code of Virginia specifies that the certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators shall include hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The 2013 General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to require that individuals seeking initial licensure and license renewal on and after July 1, 2013, shall provide evidence of completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators. The Board shall provide a waiver for this requirement for any person with a disability whose disability prohibits such person from completing the certification or training. For additional information on this requirement, please see the question and answer document accessible on the Virginia Department of Education website. 

  • Dyslexia Training: Effective July 1, 2017, every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall complete awareness training, provided by the Virginia Department of Education, 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. A free online tutorial is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.  

  • Virginia State and Local Civic Education (if applicable): Effective July 1, 2014, any individual licensed and endorsed to teach (i) middle school civics or economics or (ii) high school government or history who is seeking renewal of such license is required to demonstrate knowledge of Virginia history or state and local government by completing a module or professional development course specifically related to Virginia history or state and local government that has a value of five professional development points. This requirement applies to the individual's next or initial renewal occurring after July 1, 2014. Successful completion of the Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module will satisfy this renewal requirement. Please print and submit the module certificate with renewal documentation. For more information, and to see a list of teaching endorsements that permit an individual holding a valid Virginia teaching license to teach (i) middle school civics or economics, or (ii) high school government or history, please see Superintendent’s Memo #053-14.

  • School Counselor Training (if applicable): Effective July 1, 2017, training in the Recognition of Mental Health Disorder and Behavioral Distress (School Counselors Only) Individuals seeking licensure renewal with an endorsement as a school counselor must include verification of completing training in the recognition of mental health disorder and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse. Refer to Superintendent’s Memo #313-17 for information on training options to meet this requirement.

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