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Applied Behavior Analysis at Arcadia University Global Perspectives Personal Attention Real-World Integrative Learning Experiences Coordinators Dr. Adriana Gonzalez-Lopez Dr. Christina Ager M.Ed. in Applied
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Applied Behavior Analysis at Arcadia University Global Perspectives Personal Attention Real-World Integrative Learning Experiences Coordinators Dr. Adriana Gonzalez-Lopez Dr. Christina Ager M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Graduate Certificate About Arcadia s M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) The M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a 36 credit program which will provide students with specialized knowledge of the application of behavioral principles. The program is designed to develop and enhance the comprehension and use of effective evidence-based practices to support professionals who require expertise in the understanding and modification of behavior. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is an 18-credit program that includes courses in behavior principles, data analysis, applications with children and youth with behavior problems, ethics and consultation skills necessary to work with other professionals and important adults in schools, homes and communities. What is Behavior Analysis? Behavior analysis is a specific approach to the understanding of human behavior. An applied behavior analyst is someone who has in-depth knowledge of the field and methods of the study of the science of behavior and technology of behavior derived from this science. Behavior analysts use environmental change procedures to improve the lives of people. Behavior analysis services help people to learn new behaviors and to increase or reduce existing behaviors. The scope of these services ranges from addressing challenging behaviors of an individual person to changing the behavior of an entire organization or community. Behavior analysis has many applications, such as developing training procedures that build verbal skills in children with autism, helping teachers to work with students in inclusive settings, and preventing delinquency. What Core Skills Will I Acquire in Behavior Analysis? In this program, students develop solid skills in the basic principles of behavior analysis and the skills to transfer basic principles into comprehensive functional behavioral assessments, behavioral interventions, and program evaluation. This program offers training in a breath of assessment and intervention techniques with a positive behavioral support and behavioral treatment focus. Additionally, Arcadia s program stresses the consultative skills that graduates will need to work effectively with educators and parents. Why Study at Arcadia? All of Arcadia s instructors have extensive experience working as certified behavior analysts in the field as well as teaching at the university level. Arcadia s program is designed to develop professional expertise in behavior analysis and the consultative skills necessary to affect real change in schools, homes, and community settings. All instructors are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Are Courses Taught Online? The M.Ed and the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis are fully online programs. In addition, courses are offered in a hybrid format at the King of Prussia campus. Are Courses Approved by the BACB? The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the six-course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. The BACB requires that a master s degree in a related field be obtained prior to applying for board certification. Arcadia University Graduate Catalog Applied Behavior Analysis at Arcadia University Students who will take the Board Certification exam in 2015 or later, must complete the sixcourse sequence to qualify. Credit toward a graduate degree in Education: The 18 credits earned in this certificate program may be applied to a M.Ed. in Special Education or a M.Ed. in ABA These courses can also be used as concentration courses in the masters of Counseling degree program with departmental approval and advising. Academic Policies: Students in Arcadia University Graduate Certificate programs are subject to the academic policies of the College of Graduate Studies. Grades of B or better in every class are required to qualify for the Certificate. Transfer Credit: Students will be allowed to transfer six credits for the foundation courses and they can take elective courses instead. Transfer credits are not permitted in the Certificate program. Why Study Behavior Analysis?. Applied behavior analysis provides the most evidenced-based intervention within all of psychology and education. Behavior analytic procedures have been coded into educational law. For example, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act calls for a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) to be conducted prior to suspension of students with disabilities. ABA has helped to support youth and adults with autism, conduct disorders, oppositional defiant disorders, and depression, as well as couples needing therapy. It has served as the basis for educational procedures such as direct instruction and assessment procedures such as curriculum-based measurement. It is essential for professionals functioning within a Response to Intervention Model. Admission Requirements Admission to the M.Ed. Program A graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at A bachelor s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better. One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official. Two letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or fewer, the letter must come from a professor. Must have experience in education, psychology, communication disorders, or another related discipline. A phone interview with the program coordinator. International applicants should visit for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for nonnative speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in Englishspeaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required. Admissions to the Graduate Certificate Program: A graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at A bachelor s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better. One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the Arcadia University Graduate Catalog Applied Behavior Analysis at Arcadia University appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official. One letter of recommendation. The letter must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or fewer, the letter must come from a professor. An interview with a program coordinator. International applicants should visit for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for nonnative speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in Englishspeaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required. Students can take the first course (ED 661) before formal application and matriculation into the program, but they should apply for admission into the M.ED or the certificate program before taking a second course. Taking a course does not guarantee admission into the program. Note: ABA courses (ED661, ED681, ED682, ED683, ED684) must be taken in sequence but students can take two courses at a time. All courses will be offered online and will be offered in a blended format at the King of Prussia campus. Requirements for the M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis (36 credits) The following courses are required: Foundation Courses: (6 credits) ED505 Multicultural Foundations of Education ED510 Interpreting Educational Research Core Courses (18 credits): ED 661 ABA I: Behavior Principles and Teaching Strategies ED681 ABA II: Procedures for Behavior Change ED682 ABA III: Strategies for Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders ED683 ABA IV: Behavior Analysis and Child Development ED684 ABA V: Behavior Consultation in Homes, Schools and Communities ED685 Ethics and Professionalism Elective Courses: (9 credits) ED585 Positive Behavior Supports ED581 Disabilities Studies and Special Ed Law ED660 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder ED662 Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder ED663 Special Topics in Autism ED518 Special Topics in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Culminating Seminar: (3 credits) ED599 Seminar focused on a culminating activity selected in collaboration with the course instructor. Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (18 credits) The following courses are required: ED661 ABA I: Principles and Teaching Strategies (3 credits) ED681 ABA II: Procedures for Behavior Change (3 credits) Arcadia University Graduate Catalog Applied Behavior Analysis at Arcadia University ED682 ED683 ABA III: Strategies for Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3 credits) ABA IV: Behavior Analysis of Child Development (3 credits) ED684 ABA V: Behavioral Consultation in Homes, Schools and Communities (3 credits) ED 685 Ethics and Professionalism Applied Behavior Analysis Course Descriptions (ED) ED 661 Applied Behavior Analysis I: Principles and Teaching Strategies (3 credits) This seminar is designed to provide students with introductory knowledge of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Topics addressed include the history of ABA, principles of ABA, reinforcement, data collection, teaching procedures, teaching complex behaviors, generalization, and maintenance of skills. Readings, assignments, and participation in online coursework instructional activities offer an essential understanding of behavior analytic principles. Ethical considerations in the application of these principles are discussed. Challenging behaviors are studied from a learning perspective. ED 681 Applied Behavior Analysis II: Procedures for Behavior Change (3 credits) In this course, students focus on the methods of behavior analytic research. The topics covered are defining applied behavior analysis; selecting, defining and measuring behavior; constructing graphs to interpret behavior and analyze behavior change; research designs such as alternating treatments, reversal, multiple baseline; changing criteria designs; and planning and evaluating behavior analytic research. ED 682 Applied Behavior Analysis III: Strategies for Youth with EBD (3 credits) This course analyzes the basic process of behavior change and demonstrates how behavior analysts serve as behavior analysts/specialists to the community. Topics build on the basic knowledge of ED661 with more advanced learning in basic principles of behavior analysis; behavioral assessment; the application of those principles to children; intervention methodologies; writing of behavioral objectives to build self control; and programming for generalization. Special attention is paid to comprehensive programming and the use of multiple intervention methods. In addition, students will design behavioral intervention plans based on functional behavioral assessments. Prerequisites: Admission to the program and satisfactory completion of Applied Behavior Analysis I and II with a B or better. ED 683 Applied Behavior Analysis IV: Behavior Analysis of Child Development (3 credits) Conceptualization of behavioral problems and the origins of behavioral disorders are critical to treatment and to the functioning of people through the lifespan. This course focuses on basic principles in Behavior Analysis and how they shape the development of typical and atypical children. The role of these principles in normal development and developmental problems such as language delays, motor developmental delays, conduct and oppositional defiant disorder, childhood depression, problems of attachment, and autism are explored. The course reviews field applications including direct observations of children s development; functional behavioral assessment; curriculum design; verbal behavior assessment and intervention; curriculum based-measures; and intervention strategies that involve both the school and the family. Prerequisites: Admission to the program and satisfactory completion of Applied Behavior Analysis I, II and III with a B or better. ED 684 Applied Behavior Analysis V: Behavioral Consultation in Homes, Schools and Communities (3 credits) This course focuses primarily on behavioral consultation skills needed to produce a strong behavior analytic case conceptualization and to link that conceptualization to intervention. This course uses online technology in combination with role plays and feedback to Arcadia University Graduate Catalog Applied Behavior Analysis at Arcadia University build behavior analytic case conceptualization and execute effective behavioral consultation. Behavioral case conceptualization is the integration of information from a functional assessment, complete with skills and adaptive behavior assessment, as well as ecological assessment. Special topics include behavior analytic models of teacher and parent resistance, as well as interventions for resistance. This course is an intensive lab course that focuses on the practical aspects of how to consulting (i.e., what is done each session, each step of the way). It is critical that students participate in each class to engage in the role-plays and get feedback from other students. Prerequisites: Admission to the program and satisfactory completion of Applied Behavior Analysis I, II, III and IV with a B or better. ED685 Ethics and Professionalism (3 credits) This interactive course guides students through the analysis of definitions, philosophical foundations and applications of ethics in their professional life. Ethical dilemmas are common in helping professions, such as applied behavior analysis, teaching, counseling, social work, etc. From personal ethical stands to professional guidelines and established laws, students will learn how to analyze ethical questions involved in professional relationships. Students will review traditional ethical perspectives and specific professional guidelines, and they will create and discuss case studies that illustrate situations likely encountered in daily interactions. Students will also examine a conceptual framework for the use of evidencebased practices. This course fulfills the requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board of 45 instructional hours in Ethics Arcadia University Graduate Catalog Art Education at Arcadia University Global Perspectives Personal Attention Real-World Integrative Learning Experiences Coordinators Peter Appelbaum, Ed.D. Robert Mauro, M.F.A. Art Education Master s Degrees and Teacher Certification Master of Education with a Concentration in Art Education Certifications: Instructional About the Art Education Master s Degree Program The program is designed to allow students seeking a master s degree to earn a certification in art (K 12) concurrently, or to pursue advanced, post-certification studies. The degree is not required for certification, and certification requirements may vary based on academic experience. Participation in Arcadia s unique Saturday STEAM program is a special feature of our program. See Certification Requirements. Specific Admissions Requirement In addition to the general admission requirements, students must have a portfolio review. Students with a bachelor s degree in fine arts are exempt from this requirement. Arrangements for the portfolio review can be made in the Office of Enrollment Management. Students must have appropriate prerequisites for any Fine Arts studio courses taken at the graduate level. Master of Education Degree Requirements (M.Ed.) (a minimum of 30 credits) The degree program must be planned with an adviser to ensure that degree and/or certification requirements are satisfied. Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program should consult with both an adviser in the Art program as well as an adviser in the School of Education. (See Coordinator Contacts) Art Education Concentration 1. Foundations Courses (6 credits) chosen with the adviser from the following: ED , & ED 625, 677, 691* 2. Concentration Courses (15 credits) AE 400 The Uses of Theory in Art Education AE 408 Curriculum Design in Art Education Three additional Courses in Education and Fine Arts chosen in consultation with the advisor. Options include: ED 540 Special Studies in Theatre Arts Education ED564 Creative Expression ED596 Curriculum Project ED605 Writing to Improve Literacy ED614 Art Education & Inclusive Practices ED650 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum Development & Design 3. Electives (3 9 credits) Electives in Fine Arts and/or Education may be chosen with the advice of the program coordinator and approval of the Art and Design Department. 4. Culminating Activity: ED599 Culminating Master s Project Teacher Certification Pennsylvania Instructional Teacher Certification (variable credit depending on previous academic credentials and courses successfully completed at other academic institutions) Art Education K 12 ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States ED 512 Differentiating Instruction in Inclusive Settings ED 517 Human Development: The School Years ED 606 Strategic Instruction for Emergent & Content Literacies ED 614 Art Education & Inclusive Practice Arcadia University Graduate Catalog Art Education at Arcadia University ED 622 Teaching Multilingual & Multicultural Literacies AE 400 The Uses of Theory in Art Education AE 408 Curriculum Design in Art Education ED 474 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: Art Education K 12 (6 credits; credits not applicable to master s degree) or ED 583B Fieldwork (for students holding a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate) (3 credits; credits not applicable to master s degree) Additional Certification Requirements Important Additional Certification Requirements Abuse background check and FBI background check. 7. Completion of Pennsylvania Instructional I application required by the University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Information on the Instructional I application process can be found on the graduate forms page at Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge ( [5511] Qualifying Score: 150 Art Content Knowledge (5134) Qualifying Score: Completion of all subject/content area coursework required to meet the general and specific certification standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification. This will be determined by the Program Coordinator during an initial advising meeting. 2. Satisfactory completion of student teaching ( B or better) in the area of certification and the PDE 430 performance-based assessment rating form. (Note that al
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