Graduate program director
Dawn R. Hendricks, Ph.D.
Department of Special Education and Disability Policy
Henry T. Clark, Ph.D.
Senior associate dean for academic affairs
Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
Autism Spectrum Disorders, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU
The post-baccalaureate graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is designed to prepare personnel to support individuals with autism spectrum disorders in the educational setting from early intervention through adult services. The purpose of the certificate is to provide the wide range of competencies necessary for the provision of effective educational programming. The course sequence enables personnel to develop comprehensive knowledge and experience in assessment, teaching strategies and curriculum development. The certificate is geared toward teachers, potential teachers and related service personnel. However, it is available to all professionals working in the human service setting who wish to gain expertise in this area.
All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in any area related to education, social work, psychology or human services. Participants are required to earn 12 graduate credit hours as outlined below. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, participants will be able to:
The four autism spectrum disorder courses can also be completed by students who do not wish to earn the post-baccalaureate certificate. In this case, admission to the VCU Graduate School is not required. Individual student needs and preferences determine the best way for the student to proceed.
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.
|SEDP 532 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|SEDP 634 Assessment, Curriculum and Teaching Methods for Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|SEDP 635 Supporting Behavior and Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|SEDP 638 Instructional Design and Field Experience for Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|Total graduate credit hours required (minimum)||12|
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Degree candidacy requirements
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.