VA Consortium for Early Childhood Special Education
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 Lynchburg College students) from Lynchburg College.
Endorsement Courses Offerings
The following courses required for Virginia endorsement in ECSE are offered: Medical Aspects, Curriculum and Instruction, Family Centered Programming, and Assessment. Lynchburg College offers other courses, but they are on-campus offerings only, and they typically do not come with VDOE ECSE tuition grant support.
|SPED 620 Speech/Language||Gordon||On campus||Spring|
|SPED 625 Behavior Management||Barnhill||On campus||Fall|
|SPED 651 Family Centered Interventions||Buck||Online||Spring|
|SPED 653 Instructional Methods||Cash||Online||Summer|
|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
For Lynchburg College, you will need to apply for the Certificate for Young Children with Disabilities. For Radford University, you will need to apply as a degree-seeking graduate student for the Master of Education in Special Education with a concentration in ECSE.
- Admission to the graduate program at Lynchburg College or Radford University
- 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:
Dr. Glenn Buck
Dr. Kathryn Hoover