Online Courses

Monthly Calendar Online Courses

VCU-ACE offers a variety of comprehensive e-learning opportunities to meet the needs of those new to autism as well as seasoned learners who want to investigate broader topics related to ASD. There are two online course formats: facilitated and self-paced. See the table below for more information about current online courses and upcoming offerings. Click the Details link for any course to learn more or register.

  Course Name Next Offering
Details Just the Basics: Educating Young Children with ASD in Early Care and Education September 9, 2024
Details Evidence-based Practices to Teach Students with ASD September 9, 2024
Details Using Positive Behavior Supports to Promote the Functional Behavior Assessment Process October 7, 2024
Details Administrators Guide to Students with Autism Self-paced
Details Preparing the Child with ASD for the Early Childhood-to-Kindergarten Transition Self-paced
Details Autism Spectrum Disorder for Paraprofessionals: Providing Effective Instruction and Supports Self-paced
Details Safety for All: Autism Training for Transportation Staff Self-paced
Details Curriculum Framework Self-paced
Details VARC Autism Training Self-paced
Details Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder Self-Paced Online Course Self-paced
Details Improving Goal Mastery through Data-Based Decision-Making Self-paced
Details The Parent Playbook Self-paced

**Please Note: All VCU-ACE facilitated courses are currently available to residents of Virginia only.

Upcoming Virtual Learning Communities in Autism:

  Title Dates
Virtual Learning Community in Autism for Early Childhood October 3 - December 5, 2024


What is a Virtual Learning Community?

A learning community is a place for individuals to learn new knowledge and skills through collaboration. This community will meet online to share experiences supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related disabilities. Participants will meet regularly, share expertise, and work collaboratively specifically to promote positive behaviors for students with ASD.

Who should register to participate?

This Community is for professionals and paraprofessionals who support students with ASD in Virginia. Participants specifically interested in promoting positive behaviors in students with ASD are the target audience. This includes teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, special education directors, transition coordinators, and any other interested school personnel.

Where and when will the participants meet?

Weekly sessions in live virtual meetings (Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm, via Zoom video conference). Participants are expected to participate each week, share resources and reflections, and evaluate their own implementation.

Can I earn recertification points for participation?

Points for educators working towards licensure renewal (recertification) may be awarded for completion of this activity. Each month, you should expect to participate in 8 hours of time to complete all of the activities. At the end of the 4 sessions the participant will have completed 8 contact hours. Certificates of completion will be sent to all individuals who successfully complete these hours documenting participation and successful participation.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate for professionals and paraprofessionals in Virginia. At this time, we cannot accept registrations from individuals who do not work in the Commonwealth of Virginia's School Systems.

Who do I contact for more information?

Learning Community Leader: Teresa Cogar

Mailing address:

PO Box 842011
Richmond, VA 23284-2011