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The Orthopedic Impairment Added Authorization (OI AA) expands the Education Specialist Credential to provide services to students with orthopedic impairments. Currently, the statute indicates that a student with a low incident disability such as OI needs to have a teacher with an authorization specific to that disability area on the student's IEP team. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  1. Candidate holds a Preliminary/Level 1 or Clear/Level 2 Education Specialist Credential, or an Education Specialist Intern Credential.
  2. Candidate has access to students with eligibility of Orthopedic Impairment and Health Care plans.

Only holders of special education teaching credentials may earn an Orthopedic Impairment Added Authorization.

The VCOE OI AA Program consists of three modules totaling 90 hours of online and face-to-face instruction, practica, fieldwork, and observations. Candidates are required to attend all three OI AA Program modules, in order (A, B, C), and complete all the face-to-face and online class sessions in each module. 


OI AA Candidates are Required to:
  • attend all classes and participate in activities;
  • complete three professional portfolios in a timely manner;
  • purchase the required textbook prior to the first class;
  • complete online assignments;
  • complete observations of students birth through post-secondary who have orthopedic impairments;
  • complete interviews with multi-disciplinary team members;
  • video record a class lesson.

Upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements, candidates are recommended for the added authorization. The program can be completed in one school year.


Registration is closed. Contact Leslie Comstock, Coordinator, if you are interested in participating in the 2017-2018 program.

Current Orthopedic Impairment Added Authorization Program Candidates: Download this Program Packet for details about the required textbook, location and schedule of face-to-face classes, and transportation and lodging options.

Contact Dr. Cloetta Veney, Director, at cveney@vcoe.org  or Leslie Comstock, Coordinator, at lcomstock@vcoe.org for more information.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization

VCOE's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Added Authorization Program will not be offered this year. Contact Leslie Comstock, Coordinator, at lcomstock@vcoe.org to discuss your options or ask for a referral to another program.

Name Title Email
Kim Uebelhardt Executive Director, Teacher Support Services kuebelhardt@vcoe.org
Dr. Cloetta Veney Director I cveney@vcoe.org
Leslie Comstock Coordinator II lcomstock@vcoe.org
Pam Starkey Administrative Assistant II pstarkey@vcoe.org
For credential advisement, contact:

Diana Westbrook Sr. Academic Advisor academicadvise@vcoe.org
Kathy Friel Academic Advisor academicadvise@vcoe.org