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Verification Process for Teachers in Special Settings

San Diego County VPSS Structure

​No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has been replaced with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Because of ESSA, Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) has been eliminated from the new law.

Under the ESSA, states are not required to implement Section 1119 (HQT) of the NCLB. Teachers may be assigned solely based on state certification and licensure criteria. Therefore, teachers are legally assigned so long as the assignment has been based upon the issuance of a California license or certificate, including the use of California Education Code options and permits that allow teachers to teach outside of their certification area. (Full letter available at this link:

VPSS can still be offered as a value added professional development opportunity for a secondary teacher in multi-subject assignments who have not demonstrated subject matter competence in all core content areas they instruct.  

Online Class Registration:

  • Participant MOU (must be completed and submitted to VPSS office/email)

  • ​English Tier II​

  • Mat​h Tier II​​

  • Scienc​e Tier II​​​

  • Social Science Tier II​​​​​​​​​

English, Science & Social Science: 100% Online Delivery

Math: Online & Live-Meeting Hybrid model
12 hours of “live” (videoconference) professional development per 36 hour tier

State Board of Education required VPSS content:

  • State-Adopted Academic Content Standards / State-Adopted Curriculum Frameworks / Adopted Texts / CAHSEE & Secondary CSTs / CSET – Single Subject Exam Content

The San Diego County Office of Education VPSS Consortium, which was developed in collaboration with Ventura COE, is committed to a “Teacher Friendly” model: Flexible / Context sensitive / Cost effective / Technology based / Minimize out of classroom time / Applicable to classroom assignment. The VPSS classes include videotape lessons, assigned reading, reflections, lesson plan development, independent and collaborative work and assessments. Multiple choice and constructed response assessments are included in each content area.