1. How do I get more information about these programs?
Visit our website for an orientation, information, data, and forms for the CSEEP programs.
2. Can participants use course work from other universities to satisfy endorsement requirements?
Yes. Course work taken at another university may be used to satisfy endorsement requirements upon the discretion of the grant advisor at Old Dominion University. An official copy of the transcript and a course description will be requested before attributing credit.
3. How will participants know what courses to take and when to take them?
The advisor will review transcripts and the Virginia Department of Education's documentation (if applicable) to determine remaining courses necessary for full endorsement. This information will be provided to the participant in the course approval letter(s).
4. Where will participants take the courses?
Participants will take courses via on-campus meetings (where available), web conferencing, and asynchronous modalities.
5. How will grant participants complete practicum requirements?
For provisionally licensed teachers, practicum requirements can be completed within the participant's current classroom setting since the student population matches the specific endorsement course work expectations. Non-licensed participants may have to arrange to complete practicum hours in an appropriate classroom, including contacting the Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE), if necessary, for an official placement.
6. Will participants be required to complete a teacher candidate internship (student teaching)?
Provisionally licensed teachers will have their school divisions verify their classroom experience with official paperwork to the Virginia Department of Education in lieu of student teaching. Program participants without valid provisional licenses will have to arrange student teaching experiences through Old Dominion University's Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE). All OCE requirements for student teaching must be met.
7. Can participants be endorsed in more than one area through the grant?
No. All CSEEP & PPET participants must seek the special education: general curriculum endorsement. Participants in the VI Consortium may seek endorsement only in blindness and visual impairments K-12. Participants in the ACSD Consortium may seek endorsement only in adapted curriculum.
8. How many courses can a participant take in a year?
In the CSEEP program, participants may receive tuition assistance for one course per semester ( three total in an academic year, which includes fall, spring, and summer semesters) when funds are available. Additional course work may be discounted at the discretion of the CSEEP office.VI and ACSD participants may receive tuition assistance for unlimited courses per year when adequate funds are available.
9. Does the grade a participant receives in a course affect continued participation in the grant?
Yes. CSEEP, PPET, and ACSD Consortium participants must earn a minimum grade of B- in each endorsement course supported by grant funds/discounts. Participants in the VI Consortium program must earn a B or better in each endorsement course supported by grant funds/discounts If a participant earns a grade of less than B- (exception: BVI course work requires a B or better) in a grant-funded/discounted course, tuition support/discounts from CSEEP will cease at the end of the session or semester in which the course was taken. The participant will be placed on inactive status and no other funds/discounts will be applied to the participant's account for following sessions or semesters.
To regain grant funding/discounts, the participant may retake the course at their own expense and document successful completion of the course to the grant office. The participant may also have to reapply to the grant, including being placed on a waiting list. The equivalent of this course may be taken at another college or university after receiving approval from the grant advisor. There will be no further tuition assistance/discounts from CSEEP until the course has been successfully retaken, documented, and the grant office has been informed.
There are also university requirements associated with earned grades and grade point averages (GPAs). See question #15 for further information.
10. What are the consequences for dropping a class after the drop/add deadline?
If a participant drops a grant funded/discounted course after the drop/add deadline, the participant will be required to inform the CSEEP grant office directly. Grant funds/discounts will be withdrawn from the participant's student account and the participant may then be required to pay the entire tuition of the dropped course including any added fees. The participant may choose to file a tuition appeal.
11. What are the consequences if a participant receives an incomplete (I) grade in a grant-funded/discounted course?
If a participant receives an I grade in a course supported by grant funds/discounts, the individual will have one semester to satisfactorily complete any outstanding course work and receive a grade of B- or better (exception: BVI course work requires a B or better). It is the participant's responsibility to contact his or her instructor immediately upon receiving an I grade and complete the required course work. An I will automatically change to an F at the end of the following semester if the instructor has not entered a change of grade. At that point, the conditions as stated in question #9 will apply. It is also the participant's responsibility to know what grade he or she has received for each class.
12. In addition to course requirements, are there any other responsibilities of grant participants?
Yes. See Grant Participant Responsibilities in the preceding Responsibilities section. Additionally, grant participants are asked to complete the Pre-Task Rating Form within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance to the grant program and the Post Task Rating Form during the last semester of participation. If the Pre/Post Task Rating Form (PTRF) is not submitted within the specified time period, further tuition assistance/discounts or the College Verification Form required by the Virginia Department of Education will be withheld until complete. Any fees assessed by the university on the participants' accounts will be the responsibility of the participant.
13. When should the participant pay his or her portion of the tuition?
The participant portion of the tuition must be paid on or before the designated ODU tuition payment deadline. The participant must not wait for a bill, nor should the participant wait for the posting of the grant funds/discounts. Waiting to pay may result in a late or collection fee. In the case that late or collection fees are applied, the participant will be responsible for their portion of the tuition as well as any late or collection fee on their portion. For all tuition and academic deadlines, please check the websites of the ODU Offices of Finance and the Registrar. Any tuition assistance is added to participants' accounts after the tuition deadline.
14. What is the procedure for receiving endorsement once the participant has completed the course work requirements?
The grant office must receive all required assessment documents (Post Task Rating Form and any other assessment instrument(s)) before processing a recommendation for endorsement. Once endorsement requirements have been met, the grant director will send an official letter indicating completion of the program to the grant participant. Participants are responsible for providing their employing education agencies a copy of the letter of verification. The employing agency then will make application to the Virginia Department of Education for licensure.
15. Are there other grade requirements that CSEEP and PPET participants must meet?
All graduate students (CSEEP participants included) must maintain a 3.00 grade point average to remain eligible to register for classes at ODU. Although the grant accepts a B- (exception: BVI course work requires a B or better), all B- grades must be offset with B+ or A grades to meet graduate GPA requirements at ODU. All grant participants must adhere to the graduate policies and procedures.
QUESTIONS RELATED TO SEEKING ENROLLMENT IN THE MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM
1. May a student who is in the CSEEP programs also pursue a master's degree at ODU?
Many grant participants choose to enter the master's degree program to seek a teaching endorsement and a master's degree concurrently, as some programs have many courses in common. For entrance criteria, applications, and updated information, please visit the program website. Note that ODU does not offer a master's degree with endorsement in blindness and visual impairment K-12, nor is the ODU master's degree program with endorsement in adapted curriculum K-12 compatible with the ACSD consortium program.
2. May a student who currently is in the Old Dominion University Special Education
Master's Degree Program also participate in the grant?
Yes. If an individual meets the established grant criteria, they may become a grant participant.
3. How many courses can be transferred into the master's degree program?
An individual may transfer up to 12 graduate credit hours into the master's degree program at the discretion of the graduate program director. Regardless of the number of graduate hours completed or where these hours were completed, only 12 credit hours can be transferred into the graduate degree program.
4. If a student currently is enrolled in the CSEEP grant, what is the maximum number of hours they can complete before applying to the master's program?
An individual must apply and be accepted into the Old Dominion University Special Education Master's Program before the completion of 12 graduate credit hours. Any credit hours earned beyond 12 will not be transferred into the master's program.