The VDOE has funded the consortium primarily to assist current teachers in early childhood special education (ECSE) with provisional licensure to complete 6 of the required courses for ECSE endorsement. Teachers in this group are the priority recipients of tuition assistance.
If you are currently teaching preschool-aged children with disabilities and do not have the ECSE endorsement, you are encouraged to apply. Others who are interested in obtaining ECSE endorsement are invited to participate, but tuition assistance is not guaranteed.
The consortium is funded by the Virginia Department of Education, with additional support (for University of Lynchburg students) from University of Lynchburg. Classes are comprised of students who are enrolled at either University of Lynchburg or Radford University, Radford, Va. In a given year, three courses are offered at University of Lynchburg and three at Radford.
Endorsement Courses Offerings
The following courses required for Virginia endorsement in ECSE are offered: Speech/language Development, Behavior Management, Family-Centered Interventions, Instructional Methods, Assessment, and Medical Aspects. University of Lynchburg offers other courses, but they are on-campus offerings only, and they typically do not come with VDOE ECSE tuition grant support.
|SPED 620A Speech/Language||Staff||On campus||Spring|
|SPED 625 Behavior Management||Barnhill||On campus||Fall|
|SPED 625B Behavior Management||Hoover||Online||Fall|
|SPED 651 Family Centered Interventions||Buck||Online||Spring|
|SPED 653 Instructional Methods||Hoover||Online||Spring|
|SPED 660 Assessment||Cash||Online||Fall|
|SPED 662 Medical Aspects||Buck||Online||Fall|
Note: online courses may require 1 or 2 Saturday sessions on campus
How to Apply
To apply for the grant, you will need to apply to University of Lynchburg School of Graduate Studies; apply for the Certificate for Young Children with Disabilities.
You must also fill out the consortium application. Apply now using our new online form!
- Admission to the graduate program at University of Lynchburg
- Admission to the consortium
- Access to Internet
- Transportation for occasional scheduled face-to-face class sessions
Need more information?
If you are interested in the consortium and have questions or need more information, please contact: