Category Archives: School of Education

Adult Literacy Certification Program

Virginia Commonwealth University has established a five course graduate level on-line certificate in adult literacy. The program covers foundations of literacy, adult learning theory, assessment and instruction and curriculum design. The five 3-credit hour courses focus are offered sequentially using the on-line Blackboard platform.

More information:Program Website

Autism Spectrum Disorders, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is prepares participants to support individuals with autism spectrum disorders from early intervention through adult services. Emphasis is placed on research to practice opportunities, as participants are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills through applied experiences in every course. The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is designed for educators or potential educators, including special education teachers, general education teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service personnel; however, due to the utility of the program, it is available to professionals working in the human service setting who wish to gain comprehensive knowledge and experience in this area. The four required courses for this certificate are offered online to fit the schedules of busy parents, students and professionals.

Special Education, M.Ed. – Severe Disabilities

The Severe Disabilities Program prepares teachers to work with students with severe and profound disabilities ages 5 through 21 in public school settings. Emphasis is placed on person-centered planning, school and community inclusion, transdisciplinary teamwork and the role of the family. Courses address physical and medical management issues, functional assessment strategies, longitudinal curriculum planning, systematic instruction, augmentative and alternative communication systems, assistive technology, transition from school to adulthood, positive behavioral supports and the special needs of students with physical, sensory and health-related disabilities.VCU is one of five universities in Virginia that form the Severe Disabilities Consortium. Courses are offered through distance education at the university in which a student is enrolled. Externships are required in four of the courses as well as for preparation of the final portfolio requirement.

More information:Graduate Bulletin

Sport Leadership, M.Ed.

Center for Sport Leadership graduates earn a Master of Education in Sport Leadership and are prepared to assume the responsibilities for developing professional and amateur athletes and managing sports programs in a variety of academic, public and private sectors. Center for Sport Leadership’s distance learning students may begin course work during the fall, spring or summer semester. Students may complete the 36-credit degree on campus, online or through a combination of both.

More information: Graduate Bulletin