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Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I obtain a receipt for the fees I paid to attend the CTA?
Contact Bonnie Powell of JMU Conference Services at 540-568-8043, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will provide you a receipt of payment received.
- What does my registration fee cover?
All instructional materials, daily snacks and lunch (Monday-Thursday) and buffet picnic on Thursday evening.
- What about my other meals?
An on-campus meal plan for breakfast and dinner is offered to all participants.
- Are there Grants for any of the Academies? Yes.
Please view each academy page for description and grant details.
- How many recertification points do I earn?
Typically it is 30 recertification points for Attendance Only and 90 recertification points when taken for Graduate Credit. However, all final decisions are made by local school districts. The Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual provides guidance for all license holders and may be accessed on the VDOE website or by clicking here.
- What is provided in a dorm room?
Linens, including a sheet, pillow and pillowcase, a towel and washcloth are provided for those staying on-campus.
- Should I bring additional items?
In case you have forgotten the difference between a dorm and a hotel, we suggest you consider bringing some of the following: a lamp or reading light, a shower caddy and flip-flops, an alarm clock, a fan, your own pillow, extra towels and washcloths (if you prefer more than one), and an extra blanket (dorms are air-conditioned), a radio, and perhaps a cooler or small refrigerator.
- Is cable TV provided?
No, there is no cable TV.
- What are my Credit Options?
1. Attendance Only Credit
Attend and participate in all sessions.
Certificates of successful completion of 30 hours of professional development will be distributed to Attendance Only Credit participants with perfect attendance records.
NOTE: The Content Teaching Academy cannot grant professional development points. Most school districts will recognize the CTA as being worth 30 professional devvelopment points.
2. Highly Qualified Credit
Attend and participate in all sessions.
Successfully complete an applied project after the week academy.
Certificates that indicate the successful completion of an institute in the content area that meets the high quality professional development criteria established by the Department of Education and indicates 30 hours of professional development will be distributed to Highly Qualified Credit participants with perfect attendance records AND who successfully complete an applied follow-up project.
NOTE: The Content Teaching Academy cannot grant highly qualified status. Successful completion of an academy for Highly Qualified credit meets the VA DOE requirements for the completion of an institute. This is one of the options to obtain Highly Qualified Status identified by the VA DOE.
3. Graduate Course credit
Attend and participate in all sessions, including two additional evening sessions
Complete all course work required after the week of the Academy.
Graduate credit participants will not receive a certificate. An official JMU transcript provides proof of successful completion.
For ALL Options:
The CTA will provide opportunities for high quality professional development, work towards Highly Qualified status, and graduate credit. It is the responsibility of the teacher attending the CTA to know what they need and apply the credit earned in the proper manner.
- How do I get my grade?
Graduate credit participants will not receive a certificate. An official JMU transcript provides proof of successful completion. Click here to request a transcript.
- My certificate doesn't say Highly qualified. Why?
The Content Teaching Academy cannot grant highly qulaified status. A certificate indicating 30 hours of professional development will be distributed to Highly Qualified participants with perfect attendance records AND who successfully complete an applied follow-up project. Highly Qualified status decisions are made by local school districts.
- When will I receive my certificate?
Attendance Only certificates will be mailed in July. Highly Qualified certificates will be mailed in August (after applied projects have been completed). NO certficate is distributed for graduate credit. This grade will appear on your JMU official transcript and may be requested by clicking here.