Division superintendents of county, town, and city school systems are required by law to be appointed from a list of eligible persons approved by the State Board of Education. To be placed on the list of eligibles, applicants must meet the following qualifications:
1. Personal qualities. Eligibility shall be limited to individuals whose records attest to good character and demonstrated ability as an educational administrator.
2. Education. The applicant shall have earned 60 semester hours of graduate work from an institution of higher learning accredited by the state accrediting agency and shall hold the Master's degree or be pursuing a doctoral program approved by any such accredited institution.
The applicant shall have completed graduate work in the following areas: history or philosophy of education, courses designed to develop competence in supervision and curriculum development, administration, finance, law, plant, personnel management or school-community relations, research, or statistical methods.
3. Experience. The applicant shall have had at least five years of satisfactory and full-time experience in administration or supervision, or both, in public schools.* This experience shall have been acquired in the principalships or positions, or both, within the central administrative offices of the school division. A maximum of two years of this requirement may be met through full-time experience in the assistant principalship. Certification as to whether the applicant has served satisfactorily in full-time positions of administration or supervision, or both, must be mailed directly to the Department of Education by the division superintendent.
4. Recency of professional education or experience, or both, and status report. A portion of either professional education or experience, or both, shall have been within a period of four years immediately prior to the application. An individual not serving as a division superintendent is required to complete a status report every four years. The report should include current information about the individual, such as current position, professional growth activities, and other pertinent data. The Department of Education will request the status report early in the school year prior to commencement of the new term for the division superintendents.
5. Conditions. Superintendents in office in Virginia as of November 1, 1967, shall not be required to meet these qualifications as long as they serve continuously in such positions in the state.
Persons on the eligible list as of November 1, 1967, who did not meet the education requirement effective that day shall submit to the department official transcripts of graduate work in support of at least six semester hours beyond the master's degree each two years thereafter until such time as they meet the new academic requirement. Any person who does not comply with this requirement will be removed from the eligible list.
*Comparable experience in accredited private schools or other educational systems may be accepted upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the approval of the Board of Education.
Derived from VR270-01-0038 §I, eff. September 1, 1980.