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2011-2012 Catalog

M.Ed. Program in Special Education



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 After three failures, students will be withdrawn from the program and, therefore, be deemed ineligible for graduation.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)

  1. 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

  2. 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)

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)

Special Education M.Ed.: ABA Concentration (39 hours)

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. ABA Concentration (15 hours)
    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

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