ACE-IT in College

Inclusive College Experience for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Certificate

School of Education Certificate of Completion

ACE-IT in College students receive a School of Education Certificate of Completion after completing a minimum of 21 credits. With the help of an academic advisor, students select and audit VCU courses based on interests and career goals. Credits are comprised of:

  • Introduction to the University (1 credit)
  • One course: Science, environment, natural science (1-3 credits)
  • One course: Literature, writing, art, music (1-3 credits)
  • One course: Social studies, civilization, global community (1-3 credits)
  • Independent study for an internship (1 credit)
  • Choose 3 or more electives (9+ credits)

Examples of Academic Plans of Study

ACE-IT in College students are considered non- degree seeking students at VCU. There are dozens of courses to choose from, and students can tailor their academic plan to personal interests and career goals. Each student takes Introduction to the University (UNIV 101) during the first semester for class credit.

Sample Plan of Study for Student 1

Fall Semester 1

University 101 Introduction to the University - 1 credit

HPEX 200 Strength, Endurance and Flexibility Training - 3 credits

Spring Semester 1

HUMS 250 Reading Film - 3 credits

ARTF 121 Introduction to Drawing - 2 credits

Summer Semester 1

No classes

Fall Semester 2

MHIS 243 Music Appreciation - 3 credits

FRSC 202 Crime and Science - 3 credits

Spring Semester 2

ECON 203 Introduction to Economics - 3 credits

RELS 108 Human Spirituality - 3 credits

Career Exploration

Fall Semester 3

Independent Study - 1 credit Internship

Sample Plan of Study for Student 2

Fall Semester 1

University 101 Introduction to the University - 1 credit

TEDU 101 Introduction to Teaching - 3 credits

Spring Semester 1

TEDU 411 Integrating the Arts in Curriculum for Young Children - 3 credits

TEDU 351 Children’s Literature I - 3 credits

Fall Semester 2

PHYS 103 Elementary Astronomy - 3 credits

UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I - 3 credits

Spring Semester 2

WMNS 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies - 3 credits

Career Exploration

Fall Semester 3

Independent Study - 1 credit Internship


Measuring Success

Since students audit all but one class and do not receive final course grades, success is measured in other ways. Education coaches can help students track grades and instructor feedback. Instructors will determine whether students have made satisfactory academic progress using the following criteria:

Student Performance Rubric

Exceeds expectations

Meets course attendance requirements as defined by course instructor and turns in/completes 90-100% of the course assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests

AND

Overall quality of work is assessed as being comparable to that of a student who would receive a grade of A or B for the course (whether or not the course is being taken for credit).

Meets expectations

Meets course attendance requirements as defined by course instructor and completes 90-100% of the course assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests, but the overall quality of work does not reach the level of an A or a B.

OR

Meets course attendance requirements as defined by course instructor; shows “good faith” effort to complete most (at least 75%) of the course assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests. Examples of good faith effort include participating in class activities (with education coach providing assistance as needed), asking instructor questions (in our out of class), responding to instructor feedback, completing agreed upon alternate assignment, or using class accommodations.

Satisfactory progress

Meets course attendance requirements as defined by course instructor; shows “good faith” effort to complete at least 50% of the course assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests.

Examples of good faith effort include participating in class activities (with education coach providing assistance as needed) , asking instructor questions (in our out of class), responding to instructor

Does not meet satisfactory progress

Either does not meet course attendance requirements

OR

Meets course attendance requirements; but turns in/completes less than 50% of the course assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests.