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Autism Certificate Instructor
Noel Woolard, a founding member of the Virginia Autism Council

Noel Woolard of White Stone has seen how rapidly RCC can respond to the community’s needs. In 2007, Woolard, a graduate of the University of Maryland and Rutgers University’s master’s program in special education, was teaching special education students on the Northern Neck. Her work made her realize that there was a need for a program to prepare teachers to deal with autistic students.

Woolard spoke to several four-year colleges and universities and got a lukewarm response. But at RCC her idea was received enthusiastically, and the following year the college began offering its Autism Career Studies certificate.

“Our introductory course draws many teachers who want to learn more about autism,” Woolard says. Enrollment in the other two courses consists largely of special education teachers. “We’re also seeing more paraprofessionals enrolling, since the state now requires specialized training for those assisting in classrooms where autistic students are learning.” RCC’s program is fully endorsed by the Virginia Autism Council and is the only one offered at a Virginia community college.

Woolard says, “RCC’s willingness to respond to local needs is one of the reasons I consider the college a great asset.”

CHLD 1640 – Hands on Literacy in Early Childhood
Join us as we learn more about the Virginia Standards for Literacy in Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning 2013 and how they can be applied in child care settings. Provides ideas and materials for developing appropriate activities for children in our care. Instructor: S. Carroll
CL# SEC# Date Time Site Cost
57817 31WF S Aug23 9 a.m. – Noon KL $20
CHLD 1641 – Hands on Math in Early Childhood
Covers the Virginia Standards for Mathematics in Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning 2013 and how we can apply them in our child care settings. We will all leave with ideas and materials to provide developmentally appropriate activities for children in our care. Instructor: S. Carroll
CL# SEC# Date Time Site Cost
63360 31WF S Oct25 9 a.m. – Noon KL $20
Autism Spectrum Disorders Career Studies Certificate
EDU 271 – Methodologies and Curriculum Development for Students with
Autism Spectrum Disorders
The second course of a three-course sequence leading to certification in autism spectrum disorders. This certificate is endorsed by the Virginia Autism Council. This course will cover in detail the current methodologies used when treating and teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based intervention strategies. Topics that will be covered in detail during this course will include: The Assessment of Basic Learning and Language Skills (ABLLS), Verbal Behavior (and the development of language based concepts), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and teaching independent behavior through the use of visual schedules. This is a HYBRID course; specific class meeting dates will be determined during our first class meeting. Instructor: N. Woolard.
CL# SEC# Date Time Site Cred.
46825 31WF M Aug25 – Dec8 5 – 8 p.m. KL 3

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