Long Term Academic -  300 Hours 

Long Term Academic Trainees complete  a total of 12 credit hours of graduate level training, 8 credit hours of Seminar coursework and 4 credit hours of Practicum that can be used for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Disability Leadership. The seminars require attendance once a week on Wednesday’s from 4:30 – 8:00 pm*. The Practicum includes a Family Mentorship Experience, selected clinical observations and participation in the Va-LEND Interdisciplinary Clinics, policy practica, and a leadership project.  Clinical or work experience involving Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disabilities obtained as part of the trainee’s primary degree program or employment may account for up to 45 of the required 300 hours. 

Length of Time:  Can be completed in 1 or 2 academic years. 

Requirements for Admission:  Must have the terminal degree required by the professional discipline or be in the terminal degree program.  Family Specialty and People with Disabilities applicants to the long-term academic track must have at least an undergraduate degree.

Who Should Apply: Have an undergraduate degree and/ or work in a Va-LEND Disciplines, Family, or Self Advocate. OR are currently enrolled in a Masters’ or Doctoral program at VCU. 

*Class time subject to change.