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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 instruction, practica, fieldwork, and observations. Candidates are required to complete all three OI AA Program modules, in order (A, B, C), and complete all online assignments in each module. 


OI AA Candidates are Required to:
  • complete online assignments;
  • complete three professional portfolios in a timely manner;
  • complete observations of students birth through post-secondary who have orthopedic impairments;
  • complete interviews with multi-disciplinary team members.

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


Registration for the 2018-2019 OI program will open in August 2018. See the attached flyer for more information.

Contact Dr. Cloetta Veney, Director, at cveney@vcoe.org, or Pam Starkey, Administrative Assistant, at pstarkey@vcoe.org, if you have any questions or wish to be placed on the waiting list for the 2018-2019 school year.

Name Title Email
Kim Uebelhardt Executive Director, Educator Support Services kuebelhardt@vcoe.org
Dr. Cloetta Veney Director cveney@vcoe.org
Pam Starkey Administrative Assistant pstarkey@vcoe.org
For credential advisement, contact:

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