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. 

Benefits of the OI Added Authorization
 Authorizes the holder to conduct assessments and provide instruction and special education-related services to individuals with a primary disability of orthopedic impairment across  the continuum of special education program options at the grade and age levels authorized by the prerequisite credential

Eligibility for the OI Added Authorization Program
Only holders of special education teaching credentials may earn an Orthopedic Impairment Added Authorization.
  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.

The VCOE OI AA Program consists of three modules totaling 90 hours of online instruction, practica, fieldwork, and observations. Candidates are required to complete all three OI AA Program modules, in order (A, B, C). Upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements, candidates are recommended for the added authorization. The program can be completed in one school year.


OI Program Registration for 2018-19 is closed.

Please call Educator Support and Effectiveness at (805) 437-1320 for more information.

Name Title Email
Kim Uebelhardt Executive Director, Educator Support and Effectiveness
Dr. Cloetta Veney Director
Pam Starkey Administrative Assistant
For credential advisement, contact:

Diana Westbrook Sr. Academic Advisor
Kathy Friel Academic Advisor