Advisory Board on Teacher Education & Licensure (ABTEL)
The Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL) advises the Board of Education and submits recommendations on policies applicable to the qualifications, examination, licensure and regulation of school personnel including revocation, suspension, denial, cancellation, reinstatement and renewals of licensure, fees for processing applications, standards for the approval of preparation programs, reciprocal approval of preparation programs and other related matters as the Board of Education may request or the Advisory Board may deem necessary. The final authority for licensure of school personnel remains with the Board of Education.
- Meetings, agendas and minutes
- Advisory Board Members (PDF)
- Code of Virginia - Establishing ABTEL (PDF)
The board consists of 21 members appointed by the Board of Education.
- Ten members of the Advisory Board shall be classroom teachers, with at least the following representation: three elementary school teachers, three middle school teachers, and three high school teachers.
- Three members of the Advisory Board shall be school administrators, one of whom shall be a school principal, one of whom shall be a division superintendent, and one of whom shall be a school personnel administrator.
- Four members of the Advisory Board shall be faculty members in teacher preparation programs in public or private institutions of higher education, who may represent the arts and sciences.
- One member of the Advisory Board shall be a member of a school board.
- One member of the Advisory Board shall be a member of a parent-teacher association.
- One member of the Advisory Board shall be a representative of the business community and
- one member shall be a citizen at large.
- The Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Director of the State Council of Higher Education and the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System or their designees serve as nonvoting ex officio members of the advisory board.
Board members are appointed for three-year terms. No member may be appointed to serve for more than two consecutive terms.
The board meets five times per year or upon the request of the chairman or the Board of Education.
The members of the Advisory Board serve without compensation; however, the necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties are reimbursed by the Department of Education.