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Virtual High Schools: Must All Teachers in the Virtual Program Receive Appropriate Training for Online Teaching?
Virtual high schools require that instructors teach in an environment that is different from a traditional "brick and mortar" classroom. As such, some states require that the instructors have appropriate training to teach in this new forum.
Why does it matter? Students benefit when teachers understand how to be successful in this very different environment.
Twenty-two states require teachers to have completed appropriate training for teaching online.
Georgia requires teachers to have a specific online teaching endorsement.
Five states do not require training for online teaching.
No information was available to answer this question in one state.
Alabama requires elementary/secondary teachers to have training for teaching online but allows faculty at postsecondary institutions to teach online without state certification.Methodology:
This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.
Sources for all data points are available through this link
Last updated: December 3, 2007
Research conducted by Melodye Bush and Michael Colasanti. Please contact Melodye Bush (303.299.3631 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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