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2013-2014 Catalog

M.Ed. Program in Special Education



Mission: The mission of the Special Education Department of the School of Education and Human Development is to provide knowledge of the legal, social and cultural aspects of disability. Professionals are prepared to assess, teach, reinforce and evaluate children and adults with disabilities so they may reach their learning and behavioral potential.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of one education core course and the content of two courses in their plan area One question must come from the faculty advisor and one question must come from faculty outside of the SPED teaching core. Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam either the semester before or during the semester they intend to graduate. Students who fail one part of the exam may re-take the exam within the same semester in which it was first attempted. Students who fail more than one part of the comprehensive examination must wait until the next semester before they may re-take the examination. A subsequent failure will result in required remedial work and may delay graduation. After three failures, students will be withdrawn from the program and, therefore, be deemed ineligible for graduation.

Special Education (30 Hours)

I.     Core: (9 hours) 
            CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development 
                    OR CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization 
            FEDU 6321 Foundation of Educational Research 
            FEDU 6331 Human Growth and Development

                i.Major Concentration (21 Hours) 
                SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education 
                SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis 
                SPED 6326 Programming & Collaboration 
                SPED 6327 Appraisal and Collaboration 
                SPED 6343 Transitions for Students With Disabilities 
                SPED 6331 Behavioral Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth 
                SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies

Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
** IMPORTANT** The Behavior Analyst Certification Board is requiring all programs to create course work based on the new Fourth Edition Task list. This constitutes a change in course work hours required by the BACB from 225 to 270. UHV has been approved to offer the Fourth Edition Course sequence. This will constitute some minor changes to current courses and the addition of a new course. Students under the Fourth Edition must take six courses to meet the BACB coursework requirements.

Educators and professionals working with people with disabilities in schools, community service agencies as well as residential settings wishing to obtain knowledge and expertise in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis can now get their master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at UHV.

The course sequence for ABA includes the following courses:

        SPED 6332 Principles of Behavior for the Educator
        SPED 6338 Behavior Intervention Procedures for Educators
        SPED 6331 Behavior Assessment and Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth 
        SPED 6336 Behavior Applications Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities 
        SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis (Students pursuing the ABA concentration should take
                SPED 6332, SPED 6338 and SPED 6331 (3) prior to enrolling in SPED 6325)
        SPED 6335 Ethical and Professional Conduct for the Applied Behavior Analyst (New for Fourth Edition 
                Course Sequence)

Special Education M.Ed.: ABA Concentration (42 hours)

I. Core Requirements (9 hours)
        CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development 
                    OR CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization 
        FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
        FEDU 6331 Human Growth & Development

II. Major Concentration (15 hours)
        SPED 6321 Intro. to Special Education
        SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies
        SPED 6326 Programming and Collaboration
        SPED 6327 Appraisal and Collaboration
        SPED 6343 Transition for Students with Disabilities

III. ABA Concentration ( 18hours)
        SPED 6332 Principles of Behavior for the Educator 
        SPED 6338 Behavior Intervention Procedures for Educators
        SPED 6336: Behavior Applications Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities
        SPED 6331 Behavior Assessment and Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth
        SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis
        SPED 6335 Ethical and Professional Conduct for the Applied Behavior Analyst (New for Fourth Edition 
                Course Sequence)

Those students who already have a Master’s Degree can enroll at UHV as non-degree seeking students to take the ABA course sequence.

Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
The ASD course sequence includes the following courses:    
        SPED 6331 Behavior Assessment and Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth
        SPED 6336 Behavior Applications: Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities
        SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis
        SPED 6337 Teaching Strategies for Students with ASD
        SPED 6339 Communication Strategies for Students with ASD

Concentration: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) [39 hours)

I.    Core Requirements (9 hours) 
      CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development 
      OR CUIN 6322 Curriculum Development/Organization 
      FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research 
      FEDU 6331 Human Growth & Development

II.  Major Concentration (15 hours) 
      SPED 6321 Intro to Special Education 
      SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies
      SPED 6326 Programming & Collaboration
      SPED 6327 Appraisal & Collaboration 
      SPED 6343 Transition for Students with Disabilities

III.  ASD Concentration Requirements (15 hours) 
      SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis 
      SPED 6331 Behavioral Assessment and Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth 
      SPED 6336 Behavior Applications; Focus on Autism and Developmental Disorders 
      SPED 6337 Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) 
      SPED 6339 Communication Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Those students who already have a Master’s Degree can enroll at UHV as non-degree seeking students to take the ASD course sequence.

Concentration: Educational Diagnostician Certification (39 Hours)

I. Core Requirements (9 hours) 
        CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development 
            OR CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization 
        FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research 
        FEDU 6331Human Growth and Development

II. Major Concentration (21 Hours) 
        SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education 
        SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis 
        SPED 6326 Programming & Collaboration 
        SPED 6327 Appraisal and Collaboration 
        SPED 6343 Transitions For Students with Disabilities 
        SPED 6331 Behavioral Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth 
        SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies

III. Diagnostician Concentration (9 hours) 
        SPED 6345 Intellectual Assessment 
        SPED 6344 Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities 
        SPED 6305 Educational Diagnostician Practicum

Additional Requirements for the Educational Diagnostician Certification:
1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
2. Master’s degree.
3. A minimum of two years teaching experience in an accredited school.
4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development must precede the 
    completion of applicable course work.
5. Completion of at least 45 semester hours of approved courses related to the program for educational 
    diagnostician.
6. Pass the TExES #153.