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Driver Education Instructor Certificate

General Information

The Driver Education Instructor’s Certificate includes the two courses required for licensure as a Virginia certified driver education instructor to students under the age of 19. If you are not going to teach students younger than 19, you are not required to take these two courses. You must get department consent to register for the two courses.

You must pass the first course, Driver Task Analysis (EDU 114) prior taking the second course, Instructional Principles of Driver Education (EDU 214). If you are a secondary education teacher or potential commercial driver training, you must take the credit version of these courses. The third course in this certificate program is required for licensure. If you successfully complete this course you will earn a NOVA Driver Education Instructor’s Certificate. The course may also be credited by way of transfer from another college.

Registration

If you are interested in the Driver Education Instructor’s courses, you will need to provide documentation showing that you meet the English eligibility requirement. Once this documentation is verified, you will receive department consent to register for the first course. 

You may use one of the following options for verification:

  • If you have a college degree, you may send a copy of your transcript. It must be an OFFICIAL copy from the college in a sealed envelope or emailed directly to Nicole Mancini.
  • If you have taken courses at NOVA before, you may provide your student ID number to have your English course(s) verified.

Learn more about registering as a NOVA student.

Driver Task Analysis

EDU 114

Course Requirements: In order to successfully pass this course and be able to take EDU 214, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Participation in and completion of 45 classroom hours. 
    You must be present for 90% of the total class time in order to meet this requirement. Attendance for the full class period is mandatory. Participation means engaging in classroom discussions, attending lectures and classmate lessons, and actively participating in class activities. Four participation points will be awarded for each class period as a record of fulfilling these criteria. 

    You must have 40.5 out of 45 points to meet this course requirement. If you do not participate in the first assignment, which is a TWITTER project you will receive a penalty of two points from your participation grade. 

  2. Completion of VA DOE Driver Education Student Curriculum
    To ensure pre-service teachers’ comprehension of curriculum content, you must complete the assignments for EACH topic. You will review the MODULE power points and OVERVIEW WORKSHEETS on BLACKBOARD before you come to class. You will submit the workbook for each Module and complete the quizzes on Blackboard. You must achieve an 85% on each topic quiz. You will be allowed one retake if you score below an 85. You will have one week to complete the retake quiz. You must achieve 85% proficiency on the final exam, which is taken on the last night of EDU114 in the computer lab. The test is 100 multiple choice and true/false questions, and Part 2 is on how to write a lesson plan. The notes for each topic are due on the dates listed on the course outline. They must be submitted on Blackboard. The purpose of the assignment is to provide tools for you to use in the classroom with future students. The workbooks are graded as complete (10 points), needs more work (5 points), or not submitted (0 points). You must have all Modules submitted and COMPLETENo work will be accepted after the deadline.

  3. Completion of class lesson plans and hands-on class activities with a minimum of 80 out of 100 points.
    In order to demonstrate the ability to successfully deliver the content in the Curriculum Guide for Driver Education in Virginia, pre-service teachers will be assigned topics to be taught in class as a mini lesson plan. Before starting the teaching assignment, you will submit a copy of the lesson plan. Pre-service teachers are expected to thoroughly research their assigned topics and treat this assignment as an actual student teaching situation. The teaching assignment is due on the night that it is assigned. If the assignment is not submitted by the deadline; you will receive a ZERO. If you fail to teach on the night that you are assigned, the assignment will be graded as a ZERO. You will be allowed to resubmit any corrections for a higher grade only ONE TIME and you have one WEEK from the time it was corrected.
Instructional Principles of Driver Education

EDU 214

Course Requirements: In order to pass this course, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Participation in and completion of 45 classroom hours.
    All students must be present for 90% of the total class time in order to meet this requirement. Attendance for the full class period is mandatory. Participation means engaging in classroom discussions, attending lectures and classmate lessons (not through email, Internet, texting etc.), actively participating in in-class activities. Four participation points will be awarded for each class period as a record of fulfilling these criteria. Note: 20 classroom hours are credited for completing the supervised driving observations and the driving range skills lab (one Saturday as designated by the professor).

  2. Department of Education Driver Education Competency Exam
    To ensure pre-service teachers’ comprehension of curriculum content, all students must pass the exam with a minimum of 75%. You will take the exam on the last night of EDU214. The test is 2 hours long and held in a NOVA computer lab. If you fail the test, you will be allowed one retake within 14 business days of notification of test results. A business day in this case is defined as a day when the college Testing Centers are open. Note that this includes Saturdays. You must take the test in the college Testing Center. The Testing Center is located in Howsmon, room 308. If you fail a second time, you will not pass the course.

  3. BTW Supervised Driving Experience
    This supervised teaching observation experience involves completing a minimum of 14 hours of observation of instruction of secondary school students who are earning a driver’s license. In a mentoring program arrangement with NOVA, a licensed VA teacher with a driver education endorsement will supervise you. During mentoring, you will observe in the instruction of the student driver during range and on-the-road driving lessons in accordance with the Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education in Virginia. Completed logs and supervising teacher evaluation forms will be used to grade 14 hours of supervised teaching. You must achieve 100% on the hours and 65/70 on the completed logs. Each log is worth 10 points. Late work is not accepted.

  4. 7-Day Skill Outline
    You will complete a skills outline to use with your lesson plans and to help study for the competency exam. Information on skill cues can be found in the Virginia Department of Education 45-hour Parent/Teen Driving Log, and the 2016 Department of Education Driver Education Curriculum teacher notes and PowerPoint slides. You must complete the outline. Work will be checked as Complete, Developing, or Novice. Late work is not accepted.

  5. Seven-Day Lesson Plan Assignment
    You will create a lesson plans for all seven days of behind the wheel instruction that incorporate SOLs, objectives, teaching skills, developmentally appropriate routes and maps, and formative evaluations for the driver and the observer. Lesson plans should cover the area of where BTW is being taught. You will utilize the Virginia Department of Education 45 hour Parent/Teen Driving Log, 2016 Department of Education Driver Education Curriculum teacher notes and PowerPoint slides and the Administrative and Curriculum Guide for Driver Education in Virginia. You will be able to use these plans when they begin instruction of student drivers. You must achieve a minimum grade of a B. Corrections should be made so students can submit quality plans to future supervisors. You will be allowed TWO resubmissions ONLY. Lesson plans can be submitted as they are finished for feedback, but all seven and the attachments are due on a certain date. Late work is not accepted.

  6. Completion of Driving Routes
    You will work together to create a route for a low, moderate and high risk driving environments. You will match the driving skills to the correct learning environment. You must achieve a minimum score of 20 out of 25 points. Late work is not accepted.

  7. DEC-1 and Behind the Wheel Paperwork
    You will complete a “student” file for paperwork required for the DMV. You will complete a TDL-180 and other mandatory and necessary forms. You must achieve 100% on these forms because the forms must be 100% correct when submitting to the DMV for future student drivers.

  8. Administrative Guide Take-Home Exam
    You will be responsible for the information contained in the Administrative and Curriculum Guide for Driver Education in Virginia, DMV manual, 45-Log, and any new laws so they will be able to answer questions, understand and adhere to BTW regulations, maintain professional guidelines, and help students will different abilities. You must achieve an 85 out of 100 points. You will be able to resubmit ONE TIME if your score is below an 85. Late work is not accepted.

  9. Liability Reflection
    You will read several articles on driver education liability and legal concerns and you will answer the questions at the end of articles and how it applies to you as a future driving instructor. You must achieve a 20 out of 25 points. Late work is not accepted.

  10. Licensed Driver Evaluations (Road Tests)
    You will complete five road tests on VA forms for adult drivers that are already licensed. Two will be outside of the classroom. Three will be during in-class. You must achieve 100% on these road test forms because the road test form must be 100% correct when submitting it to the DMV for future student drivers. Please read the directions on the form carefully.

  11. Driving Labs (part of your class participation grade)
    You must complete in-class labs on commentary driving. You must achieve a B or better in all lab activities.

  12. Range Driving Skills Worksheet and Skills TEST
    You must participate, complete a skills cues worksheet, and PASS a driving skills assessment with certified Driver Education Instructors. You must achieve a minimum score on range skill worksheets of 45 out of 50 points. This is turned in at the end of the driving range. You must pass all skills tests.
Licensure Information

For more information about obtaining your driver education endorsement, contact your employer or visit the Virginia Department of Education website. You may also view the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel

For more information on obtaining your Virginia commercial driver training instructor license, contact the DMV.

More Information
For additional information about this program or to submit your documents, please email Nicole Mancini.
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