This is a 30 (non-thesis) graduate semester hour program leading to a Master of Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Two routes for the confirmation of the degree are offered.
Local graduate students
We offer a two-year program with online courses combined with the opportunity to complete 20-25 hours per week of supervised fieldwork at the Houston-Lantrip Center for Literacy and Learning (HLC) at Hardin-Simmons University. At the end of this program, candidates who have successfully completed all coursework and fieldwork requirements will be eligible to sit for the BCBA certification exam.
Distance graduate students
We offer a two-year program with online courses combined with the opportunity to complete 20-25 hours per week of supervised fieldwork at an approved site. At the end of this program, candidates who have successfully completed all coursework and fieldwork requirements will be eligible to sit for the BCBA certification exam.
ABA is best known for its success in treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities) evidenced by empirical research studies dating back to the early 1960s. Treatment in this area is effective across the lifespan (i.e., childhood, adolescence, adulthood). In young children, the goal of intensive, comprehensive intervention is to improve cognitive, language, social, and self-help skills. Decades of research have shown that intensive ABA treatment is the most successful approach for children with ASD, and it is widely recognized by a number of sources including the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Institute of Mental Health. When applied to older individuals, ABA involves teaching behaviors essential to functioning effectively in the home, school, and community. ABA can also decrease severe problem behaviors that endanger health and safety, and limit educational, residential, or vocational options.
Starting salaries range from $46,000 to $75,000 for behavior analysts.
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected overall employment for behavior analysts will increase 19% nationwide from 2014 to 2024, which is significantly faster than the average growth rate of 7% for most all occupations.
MEd Core Curriculum (9 hours)
Special Education with ABA emphasis (21 hours)
intervention techniques through the use of scientific methods in applied behavioral
science are presented. Emphasis placed on conducting functional assessment
approaches are presented in the larger context of behavioral assessment. Research
articles and experiential learning relevant to indirect, descriptive, and experimental
functional assessment approaches matched to the selection of appropriate interventions are reviewed. Spring Prerequisite BEHV 6310 and EDUC 6301
to assist in teaching behavioral and socially relevant skills. Analysis of problematic
behaviors from a functional viewpoint matched with corresponding effective
strategies, with an emphasis on the development of behavior intervention plans, and positive behavioral supports/interventions for learners with challenging behaviors.Topics within the course include, but are not limited to: universal supports,individualized supports, large-group strategies, and behavior change components. Consideration of ethical issues will be addressed and discussed through behavior analytic literature. Spring Prerequisites: BEHV 6310 and EDUC 6301
change systems from start to finish, including data collection, training packages, and fidelity measures. Students will also explore issues in the funding and systems involved in the provision of treatment. Summer I Prerequisites: BEHV 6312 and BEHV 6314
conduct, accountability, confidentiality, quality of services/life, and professional
safeguards. The Behavior Analysis Certification Board ethical standards are addressed and discussed at length. Ethical and legal issues in teaching, research, and service delivery are also addressed. This course will also include instruction in the preparation of manuscripts submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Summer II Prerequisites: BEHV 6316
Prerequisites: BEHV 6318
Spring (even years) Prerequisites: BEHV 6318, READ 6319, and EDUC 6305
The evaluation criteria include, but are not limited to:
The HLC Graduate Advisory Committee (e.g., Dean of the CHSES, Director of the BEHV and READ graduate programs, and appropriate content CHSES faculty) will review and approve new student admissions that meet the admission criteria.
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected overall employment for behavior analysts will increase 19% nationwide from 2014 to 2024, which is significantly faster than the average growth rate of 7% for most all occupations. From 2010 to 2017, the demand for professionals holding BCBA certification has increased approximately 800% across the nation (Bacb, 2018).
Currently, there are approximately 28,000 BCBAs in the United States. This cumulative total has risen each year, with an increase of 800% from 2010 to 2017, making this licensure, and career field very much in demand.
Starting salaries range from $46,000 to $75,000.
The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability have awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”
TEA Complaint Process
Title II Data
Ethical and Professional Conduct
Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
Measurement (including data analysis)
Identification of the Problem & Assessment
Intervention & Behavior Change Considerations
Behavior Change Systems
Implementation, Management, & Supervision
The program meets the educational/coursework requirements for students who wish to pursue a career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®). In addition to their educational requirements, graduates of this program will need to also meet additional requirements established by their state and the BACB® including supervised field experiences, applications, examinations, and background checks to become certified.
In order to receive a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) graduate-level certification, the student will have a choice different supervision options depending on when the student applies for BCBA certification. Each option or pathway requires: a degree, behavior-analytic content, experience or supervised fieldwork, and passing the BCBA certification examination. The details of these requirements can be found at https://www.bacb.com/bcba/.
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