The Tiered Model

Tiered Model of Professional Development

Through the Tiered Model of Professional Development (PDF), (Word), VCU-ACE strives to meet the needs of all learners across the state of Virginia by providing training activities and resources for the emergent learner, developing learner, as well as division leaders who provide professional development activities and resources that will assist with systematic change and fidelity of evidence-based practices in ASD.

Please see the descriptions below to determine how we can assist you in meeting your learning and professional development needs.

Individual Learner (PDF), (Word): Whether you are a parent or family member, special education teacher, general education teacher, speech pathologist, occupational or physical therapist, administrator, or if you are simply a person who wants to learn more about ASD, you can participate in the VCU-ACE training activities to increase your knowledge and skills. Additionally, many of the training activities can be completed to obtain continuing education units and points towards recertification of teacher licensure.

Division Leader (PDF), (Word): If you are an instructional specialist, autism specialist, or a division leader who provides professional development to those who support students with ASD, you can use the VCU-ACE training activities as a way to provide professional development in your division. The training activities can be selected and required for an individual educator or groups of educators to complete. In some cases, the training activities can be completed independently by the educators in your division, while in other cases, it will be beneficial to provide supplemental professional development that will further promote understanding and implementation. For example, as a division leader, you may lead educators through such activities as case study analyses, video analysis, role playing and rehearsal, or coaching in the classroom. If you need to speak with someone about our training activities and how to use them to provide professional development in your division, please contact us at 855-711-6987 or