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Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis Online

This online graduate program gives you the knowledge and credentials to work in schools, institutions, community agencies, or independent practice as an educational advocate for students on the autism spectrum.

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

Develop the skills and know-how to use applied behavior analysis for children with autism, developmental disabilities, and behavioral problems with the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis. This 100% online program provides the foundation for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is designed to teach you how to implement scientific-based techniques and strategies that encourage positive behavior change.

Study the principles of behavior analysis as applied to curriculum, methodology, and the management of students with disabilities. Learn how to design, conduct, interpret, and apply action research to address issues in classrooms and schools. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. has approved our verified course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.

Note: Supervised experience must be completed before you will be eligible to sit for the exam. Supervision requirements change from time to time. Please see the latest supervision requirements.

In this online program, you will:

  • Study the history and evolution of ASD and learn how to identify the characteristics of individuals with ASD
  • Examine case studies which present ethical dilemmas as you review legal issues and ethical decision-making processes
  • Learn and apply advanced principles of behavior management, including measurement systems, functional behavior assessment, schedules of reinforcement, etc., in order to create and implement proactive behavior intervention plans
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The educator preparation programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

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Tuition

The MAEd – Teacher as Leader in Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$400 Per Credit Hour
$13,728 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis $400 $528 $13,728

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. has approved our verified course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam

Calendar

With six start dates a year, the MAEd – Teacher as Leader in Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis online program is flexible and convenient. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, along with 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 admission process is the first step toward earning your MAEd – Teacher as Leader in Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis online. Requirements include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from regionally accredited institutions
2.75 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
Valid teaching certificate or out-of-state equivalent

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MAEd – Teacher as Leader in 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 (if applicable) coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (general test) taken within the past five years
    • The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and for applicants who have already earned a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Teaching Certificate: Submit a copy of current teaching certificate or out-of-state equivalent. New teachers in Kentucky may submit a Kentucky Statement of Eligibility.
  • Teacher as Leader Admission Agreement: Print, sign, and submit the Teacher as Leader Admission Agreement to the Office of Graduate Education
  • 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

In order to earn the MAEd – Teacher as Leader in Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis online, students must complete 13 courses for a total of 33 credit hours. This includes 15 hours of core courses and 18 hours of concentration courses through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 0

Orientation to the Master of Arts in Education Teacher as Leader program including graduate policies and procedures, selection of a specialization/endorsement, advising services, certification, educator dispositions, professional behaviors, online learning, and the action research sequence.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to school leadership. Students will engage in a thorough investigation of contemporary leadership research, scholarship, theory, and practice. This course will introduce the concept of “transformative” change in schools, classrooms, and in individuals. Participants will create personal and professional growth plans to enhance their effectiveness.

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: 3

Research, theory, policy, and practice in multicultural and diversity education; recognizing race, class, gender, learning, and linguistic diversity within home, schools, and community settings; developing and demonstrating culturally relevant and responsive approaches to meeting the needs of students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Research-based best practices and models of instructional design to meet the needs of all learners in a school setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

(Students will repeat this course for a total of 2 credit hours: two 7-week sessions)
Methods and skills needed to design, conduct, interpret and apply action research to address issues in classrooms and schools through data driven decision making; develop a research proposal related to a specific P-12 educational issues, secure permission from a local educational agency to conduct research, comply with regulations related to human subjects research, and develop an implementation plan for the proposed research project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

(Students will repeat this course for a total of 1 credit hour: two 7-week sessions.)
This course examines various aspects of conducting applied educational research. Students will complete a research project addressing a specific educational issue leading to enhanced P-12 student learning, including data analysis, written summary of research findings, and present their findings to faculty and peers.

Students must take the following courses:

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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