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Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Elementary Education Program
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EDU 581 Instruction in the Content Areas/ Special Education
This course emphasizes the application of practical, relevant instructional approaches derived from theory and research to the education of learners with special needs. Three broad objectives underpin this course. The first is to direct attention to the necessity for effective teaching methods that will result in the learning of specific skills and concepts. The second is to introduce students to content area curricula as presented in the New York State Standards. The third is to apply knowledge of methods and the Standards to the design of appropriate instruction in the content areas.
3 credits

EDU 582 Applied Behavior Analysis
This course is designed to prepare teachers and behavior specialists to analyze and manage the behavior of children with developmental disabilities. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach appropriate behaviors to children with disabilities Students will be presented with basic terminology and concepts of applied behavior analysis, strategies for increasing appropriate behaviors and decreasing inappropriate behaviors, skills in the observation and evaluation of behavior change, techniques to promote maintenance and generalization of behavior, and information surrounding the legal and ethical issues related to the use of behavior management strategies.
3 credits

EDU 583 Educational Interventions for Young Students with Disabilities
The theories of developmental appropriateness and constructivism will be the organizing forces of this course and will be applied to the acquisition, remediation and enrichment of literacy, numeracy and social skills of students with disabilities. The New York State standards will be used as the basis for the design of appropriate instructional lessons in the areas of language arts, social studies, science and math. A field work component is included.
3 credits


EDU 584 Educational Interventions for Middle and High School Students with Disabilities
The focus of this course is the practical application and implementation of research based practices with adolescents with mild disabilities in special education or regular education settings in the school and community. In order to prepare these students for the postsecondary work environments of the twenty first century, effective instructional methods, models, and materials in the literacy, math and social skills will be explored. The NYS standards will be used as the basis for the design of instructional plans and units. A field work component is included in this course.
3 credits

EDU 663 Teaching Students with Emotional / Behavioral Disorders
This course will focus on the etiology, characteristics, identification, and behavioral and educational strategies associated with students classified as emotionally and/or behaviorally disordered. The legal mandates, the procedures for assessment and placement, family issues, social skills and interactions, and classroom (regular or special education) interventions with a special emphasis on behavior management strategies will be examined.
3 credits

EDU 664 Research in Special Education
This course is designed to prepare graduate students to become competent consumers of research in the area of special education. Students will become acquainted with current research, the research process, and the tools of research.
3 credits

EDU 667 Autism
Autism is a disorder present from very early in development characterized by a triad of impairments in social interaction, communication, and behavioral repertoire. The specific characteristics and difficulties vary in severity across individuals and over time. This course will focus on the core characteristics of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), how these characteristics impact learning, and best practice intervention programming based upon the principles of applied behavior analysis.
3 credits

EDU 668A Practicum in Special Education: Adolescence
This course provides conditions under which the student can demonstrate competencies by working with students with disabilities at the adolescence level under the supervision of a qualified teacher. This course provides experience in administering assessments, designing instructional plans (IEPs), grant writing, data collection and analysis and instructional adaptations of content area subjects.
3 credits


EDU 668C Practicum in Special Education: Childhood
This course provides conditions under which the student can demonstrate instructional competencies by working with young children (grades 1-6) with disabilities under the supervision of a qualified teacher. This course provides experience in diagnostic techniques, designing of IEPs, grant writing, data collection and analysis and instructional adaptations. A minimum of 20 days of field work is required.
3 credits

EDU 700A Thesis Proposal - Special Education: Analysis of Teaching and Learning
The focus of this course is the use of action research as a method to guide teacher decision making and planning in an educational setting. Students will examine the potential, the problems and the impact of action research and then generate areas of teaching and learning behaviors appropriate for an in-depth analysis. A plan will be developed to address the action or strategy that has been chosen for analysis and will include: an implementation strategy, a timetable, data collection and method of analysis.
3 credits

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