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Verification Process for Special Settings (VPSS)

What is VPSS?

VPSS is an alternative subject matter verification process for middle and high school level teachers in special settings.

Eligibility

VPSS is designed for teachers who teach two or more core academic subjects in the following settings:
  • Secondary special education settings
  • Secondary Alternative programs (i.e., Community Day, Continuation, Opportunity Programs, Court/Community, and Public Charter)
  • Secondary Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Programs
  • Independent study
Professional Development Tiers
  • Tier I classes are for teachers with less than 10 upper division university/college semester units or less than 20 total semester units in the required subject.

  • Tier II classes are for teachers with more than 10 upper division university/college semester units or more than 20 total semester units or completion of Tier I in the required subject.
Completion Requirements
  • Tier I classes require 36 hours per content area and one lesson plan based CSTP 3.1.

  • Tier II classes require 36 hours per content area and one lesson plan based CSTP 3.1.
Fee and Payment

The fees for VPSS are $550 for each tier of each subject. Lunch and materials will be provided. VPSS can be paid by Title I, Staff Development or Title II funds. Please register by calling the office at (559) 733-6486. Mail or deliver your check, money order or purchase order (payable to TCOE) to:
  • Tulare County Office of Education
    New Teacher & Leadership Development
    Attn: Marvin Lopez
    P.O. Box 5091
    Visalia, CA 93278-5091
No refunds will be issued.

University units are available for an additional fee.


Would you like to receive e-mail notifications regarding future VPSS classes? Fill out our online request form and we'll add you to our mailing list.


For registration, please contact Kathy Thompson at (559) 733-6486 or kathyt@tcoe.org.

For questions regarding the VPSS process, please contact Donna Glassman-Sommer at (559) 730-2549 or donnags@tcoe.org.

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Tulare County Office of Education
New Teacher & Leadership Development
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277

Donna Glassman-Sommer, Administrator
(559) 624-1035 • fax: (559) 730-2778



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 737-4378

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