Courses for M.S. Ed. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

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Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GSPE 652

Low Incidence: Access to the General Education Curriculum

This course is designed to be taken by special education majors. The course content covers the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to assist students from low incidence populations make meaningful progress in the general education curriculum in inclusive classrooms. Individualized assessment and instructional design for this population of students will be the foundation for the course as candidates apply the evidence based practices for teaching literacy, math and science skills.

GSPE 699

Exit Seminar: Community Mental Health/Special Education Support

This final performance assessment for all graduate candidates pursuing master's degree in special education CMH/SES program. Candidates who have completed their program of study and all field requirements with at least a 3.0 QPA will prepare a final portfolio based on their program standards. Candidates will present their portfolio at a simulated panel interview. including faculty and key stakeholders from practice.

GSPE 701

System of Care for Children and Youth with Emotional Behavioral Disorders

This course will explore Systems of Care as a model of service delivery for children and youth with emotional behavioral disorders. Particular attention will be given to the conceptual framework of Systems of Care, the nature of services, and specific projects such as Wraparound.

GSPE 690

Practicum in Special Education

Practicum of teaching under the supervision of a university supervisor and a master teacher in a classroom situation. Required of all students who are not certificated in teaching students with disabilities. Admission with approval of Advisor.

GSPE 653

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course provides a global perspective of Autism Spectrum Disorders and focuses on facilitating an understanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. This includes: the history, philosophical underpinnings of supporting students with ASD, current definition, assessments, and diagnostic criteria as well as the wide range of interventions and current strategies of support. The course provides guidance for identifying and matching specific support strategies to the individual with ASD’s challenges including specifically: language and communication; social understanding and social skills; special interests; sensory integration and movement issues; visual supports and cognitive functioning; and behavioral assessment and intervention/support planning. This course requires 5 hours of field related work.

GSPE 681

Professional Core: Practicum for Behavior

This field based practicum will be taken with corresponding GSPE 651 High Incidence Behavior. Teacher candidates will observe, instruct, assess and explore settings serving students with behavior related disabilities.

GSPE 500

Orientation In Special Education

This required course is an orientation meeting designed to introduce new candidates to the Graduate Special Education Program. It is held each semester for new candidates in their first term of enrollment in the program. Generally, the meeting provides information regarding the planned program of study for each academic track (PreK-8 or 7-12) and the Candidate Assessment System. This includes an overview of the candidacy and exit requirements, performance assessments, practicum, and capstone portfolio assessment.

GSPE 651

High Incidence: Behavior

This course focuses on techniques used in teaching students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders. An emphasis will be placed on the selection and implementation of evidence-based instructional methods including social and emotional behaviors. How to select and adapt materials using best practices in applied behavior analysis and functional behavior assessments will be explored. Identifying behavior interventions for implementation in a variety of settings will also be addressed.

GSPE 683

Professional Core Practices and Autism

This field based practicum will be taken with corresponding GSPE 653 Autism Spectrum Disorders. Teacher candidates will observe, instruct, assess and explore settings serving students with disabilities on the spectrum.

GSPE 602

Applied Behavior Analysis

This course provides an introduction to the history, dimensions and characteristics of behavior analysis and its link to providing special education services. Skills focus on creation and analysis of data management systems, graphing behavior, and interpreting single-subject research and experimental analysis designs. Students will develop strategies to functionally assess behavior, create and modify behavior change interventions, use data collection methods to monitor student progress, and analyze experimental evaluations of interventions. A particular focus will be placed on applying the knowledge and skills of this course to individuals with ASD. This course requires 20 hours of field related work.

GSPE 682

Professional Core: Practicum in Low Incidence

This field based practicum will be taken with corresponding GSPE 652 Low Incidence Disabilities. Teacher candidates will observe, instruct, assess and explore settings serving students with more moderate to severe disabilities.

GPSY 705

Single Subject Methods in School Psychology

This course will introduce students to methods of conducting single subject designs for school psychology research and practice. Students will learn the salient features of common single subject designs as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these methodologies. Students will learn to analyze and critique published research based on single subject methods and will have opportunities to explore how these methods can be used to answer research applied and basic science questions pertaining to school psychology.

GSPE 650

Assessment and Learning for Students with High Incidence Disabilities

This course is designed to prepare special education majors for the teaching and learning process as it relates to students with learning disabilities and other cognitive related learning problems. The nature of teaching students with learning problems will be examined with emphasis on the IEP process and implementing evidence-based practices in the general education environment. Inclusive education, culturally responsive instruction, co-teaching, and appropriate accommodations and modifications with focus on literacy instruction will be explored.

GSPE 658

Legal /Ethical Issues: Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will prepare graduate-level special education teachers and other supportive personnel with an introductory knowledge related to the history of applied behavior analysis, laws and mandates that govern service eligibility as well as the common ethical issues found in the field. This course provides an overview of the theoretical and legal issues related to eligibility, service delivery, and educational planning in applied behavior analysis. Students will investigate the impact of the legal and ethical realities related to education from various levels, including: family, school/practitioner, and community. Students will also learn about professional codes of ethics for behavior analysis as well as ethics of research and teaching.

GSPE 503

Social Justice and Empowerment

This course is designed to be taken by special education majors and those interested in learning more in the area of social justice as it applies to persons with disabilities. Topics include a review of the historical treatment of and current issues in the lives of persons with more significant disabilities. The course content, activities and experiences provide the candidate/student with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach and/or support persons with more significant disabilities to live meaningful lives in inclusive settings and to be empowered by developing communication (including augmentative and assistive communication), self-determination and social skills.

GSPE 751

Advanced Behavior

This course will deal with assessment, implementation, and monitoring procedures involved with the use of behavior change techniques in special education programming. Particular attention will be given to positive non-aversive techniques that focus on the prevention of behavior problems.

GSPE 501

Exploring Inclusive Practices

This online course allows teacher candidates from various disciplines to explore methods and supports for delivery of instruction to students with high incidence disabilities. A foundations will laid for acquiring the necessary background and skills in the process(es) of universal design, differentiated instruction, and co-teaching. With an emphasis on literacy development, candidates will become familiar with adapting curriculum based on student learning needs, IEP, and 504 plan goals and objectives, and environmental considerations.

GSPE 656

Evidence Based Practices for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This course provides a systematic review of the evidence-based practices for learners with ASD. These practices are introduced in the following five major areas: a. behavioral interventions, b. instructional strategies, c. interventions for language and communication, d. interventions for social skills, and e. interventions for motor skills. The course provides guidance for identifying and matching specific supports and strategies to the challenges or needs of learners with ASD under these five major intervention categories. This course includes 15 field hours.

GSPE 688

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Practicum