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M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction–Applied Behavior Analysis

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) pairs research and experience to prepare professionals to work with individuals with special learning and behavior needs using the principles of applied behavior analysis.

Program courses are designed to prepare students to focus on the population with whom they plan to work as well as to gain knowledge and skills to use ABA across a variety of individuals and settings. All courses are online, combining a range of resources and technologies to provide students the opportunity to interact directly with program faculty and classmates. Our graduates will be well prepared to provide evidence-based practices in ABA and consultative services and support to clients, community members and family members across a variety of settings.

ASU’s Teachers College offers university coursework pre–approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for students interested in sitting for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination. BCBA certificants are equipped to meet and address diverse behavior needs and make a lasting difference in the community. The ASU course sequence meets the BACB–required 270 classroom hours of graduate–level instruction aligned with the Fourth Edition Task List. BCBA supervision hours, required for certification, are arranged and completed by the student separately from ASU coursework. Students interested in only the pre–approved university coursework for the national BCBA exam may apply to the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate.

Courses (Click course to view description)

SPE 520 Reading & Communication Strategies for Individuals w/ Autism
Increase your understanding and application of reading and communication strategies with individuals with autism.
SPE 521 Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Increase your understanding of characteristics of individuals with autism.
SPE 541 Consultation Frameworks and Issues
Review and discuss models, activities, and roles of educational consultants working with families, professionals, and support personnel across disciplines and agencies.
*SPE 531 Methods of Applied Behavior Analysis for Exceptional Populations
Learn about ABA–based behavior management approaches for exceptional children. Students will learn how to develop an objective, behavioral definition of a problem behavior, conduct a functional behavior assessment, and generate recommendations for the development of intervention.
*SPE 565 Behavior Change Systems
Review basic principles of applied behavior analysis, learn to identify, implement, manage and supervise interventions that use fundamental elements of behavior change, specific behavior change procedures and behavior change systems through applied projects, course discussions, readings and presentations.
*SPE 566 Applied Behavior Analysis in Inclusive Setting
Study ABA approaches and concepts related to social behaviors of students across a variety of settings. Students will apply ABA concepts and terms learned in assigned lessons/readings and audio lectures to their assignments and discussions throughout this course. More specifically, they will learn how to define behavior, write specific social behavioral goals, measure social behavioral changes, and apply social skills interventions.
*SPE 567 Basic Concepts and Ethics of Applied Behavior Analysis
Emphasizes the Ethical Guidelines for Responsible Conduct established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Models, activities, and roles of educators, behavior analysts, and other professionals are examined. In this course, students will understand the roles and responsible conduct requirements of a behavior analyst. Ethical guidelines associated with specific issues are studied, risk–benefit analysis is conducted with regard to research–based practices, and ways to resolve the issues in accordance with the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct discussed. The importance of the protection of human subjects in research is emphasized. Students will use electronic databases to find research articles and other scholarly works related to ethics in ABA and will develop a Declaration of Professional Practices and Procedures for behavior analysts.
*SPE 568 Behavior Assessment
Review basic principles of applied behavior analysis, identify problem behaviors, conduct a functional assessment, develop a functional hypothesis and develop a behavior intervention plan.
*SPE 569 Research Methods Applied Behavior Analysis
Design and conduct a preference/reinforcer assessment, review literature to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention based on experimental designs, conduct a research proposal using experimental design and learn to graph experimental designs identifying functional relationship between the independent variable and the dependent variable.
SPE 597 Capstone
This course provides a reflective, experience–based integration of theory and practice as the culminating experience for the program.

*Indicates coursework pre–approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as meeting BACB–required 270 classroom hours of graduate–level instruction aligned with the Fourth Edition Task List.

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