Severe Disabilities and Autism Consortium
The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Severe Disabilities and Autism is comprised of five state approved teacher preparation programs in adapted curriculum, including George Mason University, Norfolk State University, Radford University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The consortium's primary goal is to prepare teachers across the state to be highly skilled at working with learners with severe disabilities and/or Autism. The program is designed to increase the number of fully endorsed teachers by providing training to new full-time preservice personnel and to accelerate the training for those already teaching on conditional licenses.
The Consortium has been supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Every semester, the Consortium awards a limited number of tuition stipends to qualified applicants.