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Applied Behavior Analysis (Graduate Certificate)

The goal of this program is to provide provide teachers and related-service providers with instruction with instruction in applied behavior analysis that will broaden the range of empirically-supported instructional methodologies used to meet the academic, social, and behavioral needs of a diverse student or client population. It also meets the educational and supervised-fieldwork standards needed to sit for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® examination.

Applied Behavior Analysis (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Applied Behavior Analysis at ODU like?

The goal of this program is to provide provide teachers and related-service providers with instruction with instruction in applied behavior analysis that will broaden the range of empirically-supported instructional methodologies used to meet the academic, social, and behavioral needs of a diverse student or client population. It also meets the educational and supervised-fieldwork standards needed to sit for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® examination.

Program Highlights


What makes Applied Behavior Analysis at ODU unique?

  • The Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program is a verified-course sequence approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The program consists of a seven-course sequence and a supervised-fieldwork experience. Students have the option to complete the supervised-fieldwork experience through the university or independently. The program is offered to students a combined distance learning and online format on a predetermined schedule over two years: one course per semester including summers.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

$64,590

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

Speech-Language Pathologists

$79,770

MEDIAN SALARY


Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

Mental Health Counselors

MEDIAN SALARY


Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Counseling Psychologists

$81,330

MEDIAN SALARY


Assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

public and private agencies as directors of special education services, teacher specialists, classroom teachers, and BCBAs in private agencies providing services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Applied Behavior Analysis at ODU?

SPED 642:
Ethics and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts


This course provides a basis in Virginia Behavior Analyst Licensure law, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Guidelines for Responsible Conduct and Disciplinary Standards, and professional conduct consistent with the practice of applied behavior analysis. Prerequisites: SPED 640 or permission of the instructor.

SPED 610:
Characteristics of Students Accessing the General Curriculum


The intent of this course is to provide pre-service and currently licensed teachers with(a) knowledge of the characteristics of students with disabilities who are accessing the general curriculum, K-12, including, but not limited to learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and intellectual disabilities; (b) the ability to recognize etiologies, underlying factors, and contributing conditions that impact student learning, and (c) the cultural impact of disabling conditions. Prerequisites: SPED 400/SPED 500.

SPED 611:
Instructional Strategies for Students accessing the General Education Curriculum


This course emphasizes effective research-based instructional strategies for teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities in grades K-12 who are accessing the general education curriculum. Practicum of 45 hours in middle/secondary-level setting is required. Prerequisites: SPED 400/SPED 500, SPED 415/SPED 515, SPED 610 and passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests or equivalent as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Applied Behavior Analysis at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • Have a master's degree from an accredited university or the equivalent from a foreign institution in any field of study OR be accepted into and currently pursuing a master's degree offered by an accredited university in any field of study

  • Prospective students must first apply to the program directly by completing an application and sending it to the program coordinator, Laura Chezan. The applicants are notified by the program coordinator whether or not they are accepted to the program after the application was reviewed. If accepted to the program, the applicants will then apply to the university.

     

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Laura Chezan


Location:

122 LIONS CHILD STUDY CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7055


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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