The Castleton Masters of Art in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for educators who wish to strengthen their understanding of curriculum theory, integrated curricula, the role of technology in curriculum, curricula and global issues, and the ways in which action research can be used to shape more effective curriculum.
The concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis is an area of need that has grown significantly. Principals, special educators, and special education directors identify behavior interventions and strategies as priority needs in their schools. The courses in this concentration form a frame of collaborative concentration supported by both the Education and Psychology departments.
The hybrid format offers 12 courses, in-person sessions that retain the class cohort, social dynamic and sense of connection, immediate application of coursework to current and future positions, and the opportunity to maintain current position and income while earning a degree.
The program has broad applications for supporting children with autism and other behavioral disabilities. Candidates will focus on changing behaviors in important contexts and collaborating with key individuals for implementing meaningful behavioral change. Students will also examine behavioral assessment, functional behavior analysis, intervention for academic and behavioral problems, data-based decision making, single-case design research methodology, and ethical standards for practice.
Students graduating with undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Social Work or Education could earn this credential after graduation to immediately apply their training in a growing area of employment. This degree is intended for candidates who already have initial licensure. Candidates who are not planning to obtain a teaching license may also obtain this degree.