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Special Education, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (ARWU) Fayetteville, AR, United States
All programs will require nine semester hours of core courses, three semester hours of cognate study, and 24 semester hours in special education. This course work is selected by students and faculty according to the needs of the student and licensure. 
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Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is for those individuals who wish to pursue board certification in Behavior Analysis or to utilize behavioral theory in the area of autism or behavioral disorders. The program builds on candidate’s previous knowledge of effective teaching and behavioral strategies and extends knowledge and skills in the use of applied behavior analysis (ABA), positive behavior support (PBS), and functional behavioral assessments (FABs) in teaching persons with low incidence or severe disabilities. Classes emphasize the development and ethical use of behavioral change programs which are validated by systematic evaluation of the interventions used. Ethical, professional and legal standard are discussed and applied in the use of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Education
  • Statistics in Education and Health Professions
  • Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • Life-Span Human Development
  • Historical Foundations of Modern Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Issues in Educational Policy
  • Nature and Needs of the Gifted and Talented
  • Curriculum Development in Gifted and Talented
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Special Topics
  • Special Topics in Special Education
  • Seminar in Developing Creativity 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • GRE minimum scores for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning at the 49th percentile and at the 54th percentile for Analytical Writing

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1138 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1138 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    421 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 421 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Fayetteville

  • 930 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships for which you may be able to apply. Graduate Assistantships (GA's) are awarded by a department - the student works up to 20 hours per week for the department (in teaching positions, research, or other areas) in exchange for payment of tuition plus a living stipend paid directly to the student. Some assistantships are sufficient to cover all costs of attendance, and some cover only partial costs. 

Each department administers its own assistantships, and they vary widely in availability and amount of funding, depending on each department's budget, teaching/research needs, pool of qualified applicants, etc. 

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