Master of Education in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavior Analysis

Major: SPE
Degree Awarded: MED
Unit: GE
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/med-se-a

Program Information

Admission Requirements:

Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies; baccalaureate degree in special education, psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy or social work from an accredited institution; professional certification/license in a field related to autism/intellectual disability; statement of professional goals related to working within the field of applied behavior analysis and with individuals with disabilities; 2 letters of recommendation related to the applicant's work with individuals with disabilities; minimum score of 147 verbal and 142 quantitative on the GRE; Test of English as a Foreign Language required of all international students from countries in which English is not the native language; and 2.75 grade point average.

Curriculum

Inquiry (Critical Thinker) (9 credit hours)Credit Hours
EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSP 654 Radical Behaviorism3
EDSP 669 Single Subject Research Designs3
Advocacy: (Professional Leader) (6 credit hours)
EDSP 651 Practical and Ethical Practice of Behavior Analysis3
EDSP 673 Research Seminar on Special Topics in Autism3
Action (Problem Solver) (12 credit hours)
EDSP 653 Practicum in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 13
EDSP 653 Practicum in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 23
EDSP 653 Practicum in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 33
EDSP 653 Practicum in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 43

Midpoint Assessment:

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grades no lower than B in all coursework. Completion of intervention proposal and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory. Acceptable or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessments to date including EDSP 644, 669, 670, 671, and 646. Positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Area of Emphasis Credit Hours
EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding3
EDSP 671 Autism: Strategies and Techniques3
EDSP 546 Augmentative Communication and a Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication3
EDSP 650 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis3

Exit Requirement:

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grades no lower than B in all coursework; Completion of intervention proposal and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory. Acceptable or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessments. Positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Minimum total credit hours: 39

Notes

1. Minimum of 18 credit hours in 600-level courses is required.

2. Transfer credit must be officially accepted by the advisor (maximum of 6 credit hours) -- final acceptance is dependent upon receipt of official transcripts.

3. A maximum of 6 credit hours taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a master's degree (upon approval of advisor).

4. All courses must be completed within 6 years of admission to the program.

5. To complete the program, students must have minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. No credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than "B".

Faculty

Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Special Education Department

Monica Delano
Associate Professor

Director Doctoral Program

Erick Dubuque

Assistant Professor

Regina Hirn

Assistant Professor

Timothy Landrum
Professor

Chair of Special Education Department

Amy Lingo
Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness

Scott Patton

Instructor

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott
Professor

Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor