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Education Specialist in Teaching and Leading – Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis Online

This accredited online Ed.S. program helps broaden your skill sets and qualify you for leading positions educating children with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges in schools, institutions, community agencies, or independent practice.

08/05/20 Next Application Due Date
08/17/20 Start Classes

Program Overview

$13,728 Total Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
33 Credit Hours

Deepen your expertise and influence change in a high-demand field with the Education Specialist in Teaching and Leading – Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis. Our curriculum also provides a verified course sequence toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.

From 2008 to 2012, Kentucky public schools saw a 72% increase in the number of students ages 6-21 with autism. This 100% online program is designed to broaden your skills in working with these children. However, obtaining a BCBA® credential also enables you to fill roles outside the public school system—in institutions, community agencies, as an independent practitioner, and more. It also provides a pathway to a Rank 1 designation on your Kentucky teaching certificate.

In this online program, you will:

  • Prepare to gain the credentials you need to work in schools, institutions, community agencies, or independent practice
  • Gain a working understanding of theoretical perspectives, measurement systems, ecological inventories, functional behavior assessment, and positive and proactive behavior intervention plans
  • Learn from real-life scenarios and think critically about ways to drive innovation in school districts and regional, state, and federal education agencies
  • Learn from the same experienced faculty who teach on campus
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Tuition

Our affordable Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis online program offers the same pay-by-the-course tuition to all in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$400 Per Credit Hour
$13,728 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Education Specialist in Teaching and Leading – Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis $400 $528 $13,728
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Calendar

The Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis online program is convenient and flexible, featuring six start dates on an accelerated course schedule. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and be sure to note all corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

08/05/20 Apply By
08/17/20 Start Classes

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First Starts Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 05/11/20 04/29/20 05/04/20 05/07/20 05/11/20 06/26/20
Summer 2 06/29/20 06/17/20 06/22/20 06/25/20 06/29/20 08/14/20
Fall 1 08/17/20 08/05/20 08/10/20 08/13/20 08/17/20 10/02/20
Fall 2 10/14/20 10/01/20 10/06/20 10/09/20 10/14/20 12/04/20
Spring 1 01/11/21 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 01/11/21 02/26/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 03/03/21 03/08/21 03/11/21 03/15/21 04/30/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis online program has a streamlined admission process to help you get started right away Before you apply, please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state. The requirements for admission to this program include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from regionally accredited institutions
Teaching certificate or out-of-state equivalent
3.0 GPA or higher in all master's-level coursework

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Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions. One transcript must show successful completion of a master's degree in education or in the content area of the applicant's teaching certificate.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in master's-level coursework
  • Teaching Certificate: Submit a copy of current teaching certificate showing certification at the Rank 2 level or out-of-state equivalent. New teachers in Kentucky may submit a Kentucky Statement of Eligibility.
  • Supplemental application

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

graduate@nku.edu

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Courses

For the Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis online, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses covering 33 credit hours, which include 15 core hours and 18 hours of concentration through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc.

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Students must take the following courses. Note: EDG 702 and EDG 703 must each be taken twice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Legislation and instructional practices relating to the education of students with exceptionalities. Course covers various methods of co-teaching as well as locating, adapting, and developing materials and methods for including students with disabilities in general elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the role of the cooperating teacher in developing and mentoring prospective teachers and interns and standards-based observation and feedback. This course includes a job-embedded requirement of supervising a student in field or clinical experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to education research enabling candidates to become effective consumers and users of research in education. It will improve candidates’ ability to apply research findings appropriately in school settings and will lay a foundation for an original action research project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

In this course students will conduct a comprehensive literature review on a topic that relates to a specific educational issue that impacts P-12 student learning and create a research-based design of an action research project that can be conducted and reported as their capstone project. Course will be taken twice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

In this course students will conduct and report the results of an research project reflecting synthesis and application of knowledge acquired in prior coursework to address a specific educational issue leading to enhanced P-12 student learning, including data analysis, written summary of research findings, and poster presentation. Course will be taken twice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the foundation for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Topics include the history and evolution of autism spectrum disorder; definition, identification, and characteristics of individuals with ASD; and effective applied behavior analysis (ABA) based interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder including assessment, teaching strategies, and collaboration.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The focus of this course is research in applied behavior analysis. Topics include the issues and procedures for conducting single subject research including data collection, behavior change methods and an overview and application of various single subject research designs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles of behavior analysis applied to curriculum, methodology, and management of students with disabilities; behavioral teaching methods contrasted with alternative management techniques.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theoretical perspectives, measurement systems, ecological inventories, functional behavior assessment, and positive and proactive behavior intervention plans.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will cover the ethical responsibilities required of applied behavior analysts: including informed consent, protection of confidentiality, and selection of least intrusive, least restrictive behavior change procedures. Candidates will examine case studies which present ethical dilemmas and will review legal issues and the ethical decision making processes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the issues and applications of applied behavior analysis in applied settings (e.g., classrooms, homes, group homes and residential facilities). Candidates will review ABA principles and will select acquisition and reduction goals for behavior change based on assessment data; write specific programs for these goals; and combine their programs into a comprehensive intervention plan.

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