Autism Collaborative Endorsement (ACE) Program
Six state universities, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, and Wayne State University have joined together to form the ACE (Autism Collaborative Endorsement). Began in January 2002, the ACE offers an Internet-based second endorsement program for teachers of students with autism.
Candidates in the program must choose one of the six collaborating universities to become their Home University in order for a plan of study to be approved and later for their practicum arrangements. This program will offer courses each semester until 2007 to enable participants to fulfill the requirements of a special education endorsement in autism.
The ACE program requires the completion of 18 credit hours of coursework through the approved plan of study. Candidates will complete an application and register for courses online through the ACE web site. Candidates will have to complete just one application and can register online for classes each semester. The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services will verify completion of the plan of study for the endorsement and will work with the Office of Professional Preparation in awarding the endorsement.
Please visit the
ACE Program web site or call
Dr. Suzanne Shellady at
989-774-3507 for further information.