Questions and Answers

 

To anticipate possible questions and to clarify some of the details in the TEACCH® Certification Program, we are providing the following supplementary information. This section will be periodically updated as we get feedback.

 

When can I apply for certification?
What do you mean by work samples?
How will I be evaluated?
Can I receive guidance during the application process?
When will I be certified?
Why can’t I train others with whom I work, or give lectures on TEACCH outside my work setting?
Can I become a trainer at the Practitioner Level?
How do Practitioner and Advanced Consultant Levels differ?
Why is this level called Advanced Consultant and not Trainer?
What skills will be evaluated in the Certified Advanced Consultant process?
What is the process for renewal after the first Advanced Consultant recertification period has been completed?
Can the 2 hours of complimentary consultation be carried over to the next recertification period?
Can parents become TEACCH certified?
Do you anticipate changes in the program? If yes, how will I be informed about the changes?

 

When can I apply for certification?

Any new applicant must start at the Practitioner level and complete all the requirements listed in the Certification Overview. Once these requirements are met, you will be eligible to complete and submit an application form after contacting the TEACCH Training Program, indicating your interest and readiness to submit the application.

What do you mean by work samples?

Work samples might include any of the following:

  • Photos of general structure of classroom
  • Description of 3 of your students’ autism and why you have structured a program as you have for these students
  • Photos of 3 sample students’ schedules, work systems and teaching activities
  • 5 to 10 minute video of you working 1:1 with a student or group session (with appropriate permissions obtained)
  • An example of how you do group teaching, teaching within the natural environment, and/or pull-out
  • Share how you communicate with the parents of these 3 students (written statement or sample provided)
  • Clinicians and others who are not classroom-based teachers can submit videos and other materials relevant to the their work setting using the same principles and practices as described above

 

The application form will provide explicit directions regarding the work samples and TEACCH staff will help guide you through the process, as needed.

How will I be evaluated?

Once your application has been reviewed and is complete, you will be contacted by TEACCH and you will be scheduled for an evaluation that consists of two components: a written test and an oral examination. Both evaluations will assess you in the following domains:

 

  • Knowledge of TEACCH Philosophy (understanding autism, strengths-based, using interests, developmental approach, working with parents)
  • Application of strategies for working with parents
  • Individualization through assessment
  • Individualization of the elements of Structured TEACCHing
  • Problem solving around issues related to autism and learning style !!!

Can I receive any guidance during the application process?

Yes, after passing the examination and paying the certification fee. Part of the certification process includes support from TEACCH staff who, based on our review of your portfolio and other information, can answer questions, make suggestions, and offer resources to help promote your development.

When will I be certified?

If you pass the evaluation process (examination, portfolio review and oral assessment), you will be notified as soon as possible (typically at the end of the oral exam) that you have been accepted at the TEACCH Practitioner Level. 

Why can’t I train others with whom I work, or give lectures on TEACCH outside my work setting?

The process of becoming proficient in TEACCH principles and practices requires extensive training and experience. Advancing to the level of proficiency in training other professionals requires even more experience, including supervision. In our own program in North Carolina, we expect our autism specialists to work for two years in our model before they move into trainer and consultant roles; and these are professionals immersed in the model on a daily basis. We do not require the same level of commitment for those in the certification program, but do require considerable advanced training as described below.

Can I become a TEACCH Five-Day Trainer for TEACCH-Sponsored Programs at the Practitioner Level?

Yes, you have the option of pursuing additional training through our shadow training process. Typically this involves at least three supervised experiences working with a TEACCH team during a five-day training. Not everyone who goes through this process attains status as an independent trainer. Those who meet criteria for this role, based on a TEACCH Director approval, can then be part of a TEACCH training team.

How do Practitioner and Advanced Consultant Levels differ?

The Advanced Consultant has independence in providing lectures, workshops and trainings. The Certified Practitioner Level can provide consultation and share information on a more limited scale and can be part of a training team, led by TEACCH staff, but cannot lecture or train on TEACCH principles and practices on his/her own.

What skills will be evaluated in the Certified Advanced Consultant process?

The primary skills that will be evaluated pertain to consultation, training, and lecturing. With respect to consultation skills, you will be evaluated on your ability to convey knowledge of autism and the Structured TEACCHing approach through consultancy to teachers, parents and other professionals around autism and the Structured TEACCHing model. The focus during the shadow training experience will be working with the groups, doing model work presentations, leading some small group activities during training and other activities.

 

With respect to skills specific to training, applicants will be evaluated by TEACCH faculty and staff on their knowledge and abilities based on direct observation of performance as a trainer, including lectures. For example, your ability to present through lecture information on autism, Structured TEACCHing and the application of Structured TEACCHing to areas such as communication, social, play and vocation.

Why is this level called Advanced Consultant and not Trainer?

We believe that this term more fully and accurately reflects the scope of activities for this level. Consultants are viewed as professionals who provide expert advice including training and lectures. Having the descriptor of “Advanced” enhances the status at this level.

What is the process for renewal after the first Advanced Consultant recertification period has been completed?

Unique to the Advanced Consultant Level, there will be a more intense review of your work and skills at the second renewal of your certification (years 4-6). This will include either direct observations of TEACCH Trainers and Directors, and submitting video samples or other materials similar to the initial evaluation process. For those who have been part of a TEACCH training team, we will be able to handle the evaluation process as a natural part of the training week.

Can the 2 hours of complimentary consultation be carried over to the next recertification period?

No, the hours must be completed within the three year period of certification.

Can parents become TEACCH certified?

If a parent is a professional providing services to individuals with autism (e.g., a teacher, speech therapist, psychologist), he or she can participate in the certification program as any other professional. However, if the parent is home schooling their child or is not professionally credentialed, then the certification program is not an option.

Do you anticipate changes in the program? If yes, how will I be informed about the changes?

We expect, based on our experience with the program and feedback from participants, that we will make adjustments/changes as we go along. We hope that these are not major, but will enhance the quality of what we are trying to accomplish. We will keep our website training page updated with regard to any changes in the program. If the need arises, we will develop a listserv, a newsletter, or other means of maintaining ongoing communication with our Certified Practitioners and Advanced Consultants.

 

References

Grindstaff, J. & Marcus, L. (2013). Multidisciplinary training (TEACCH model). In Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Online Version), Edited by Volkmar F. New York: Springer

 Mesibov G.B., Shea V, Schopler E (2005). The TEACCH Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

 

Certifications
TEACCH Autism Program
CB#7180, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7180
Email: TEACCH_Certifications@med.unc.edu
Phone: 919-966-7003
Fax: 919-966-4127