This concentration is designed to give candidates the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully work with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities using applied behavior analytic procedures.
This course sequence could serve as the concentration area in the MAED Teacher as Leader program, the Educational Specialist Teaching and Leading program, or Rank 1 program. For those without teaching certification, you can complete the approved course sequence within the Master of Arts in Integrative Studies (MAIS) program.
This new 18-hour program is designed to give candidates expertise in applied behavior analysis and autism. While this research validated practice is often associated solely for use with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, it also has broader application in school and other settings with individuals who have problem behaviors which interfere with learning.
The concentration in Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis consists of six courses (18 credit hours). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved our course sequence (pdf) as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.
According to the 36th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of IDEA (2014), Kentucky has seen a 71.7 percent increase in the number of students ages 6-21 with autism served in public schools special education programs between the years 2008 and 2012. This program is designed to provide individuals with the expertise to work with these children.
Additionally, obtaining a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential will allow individuals to work not only in schools, but also in institutions, community agencies or even as independent practitioners; working with individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and behavioral problems.
The courses will be conducted on campus and available to distant students via synchronous WebEX instruction.