The following concentrations in special education are available:

For more information about core courses, capstone projects and capstone experiences, download the course catalog. For more information about available certificate programs, click here.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration

This concentration prepares individuals to work as behavior analyst within the fields of education and developmental disabilities. These courses, in addition to other requirements including an intensive practicum experience, also prepare graduates to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

EDSP 640 Basic Principles of Behavior
EDSP 650 Functional Assessment and Intervention Development
EDSP 660 Advanced Seminar: Applied Behavior Analysis

Autism Concentration

This concentration is for graduate students who are looking to specialize in providing special education services to students with autism. With associated clinical hours, this concentration also qualifies those who hold any Pennsylvania Department of Education Certification to add an Autism Endorsement to their certificate.

EDSP 540 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
EDSP 541 Instructional Assessment and Methods: ASD
EDSP 501 Behavior Management: Intro to ABA and Behavior Change

Higher Education Disabilities Services Concentration

This concentration prepares graduates to enter the growing field of disabilities services in higher education. Graduates may pursue employment in settings where post-secondary students are receiving additional support due to disabilities.

OL 525 Governance and Functions
OL 535 History and Trends in Higher Education
OL 635 Higher Education Law

Generalist Concentration

This concentration allows students the flexibility to create a graduate program that is most closely aligned to their unique interests in the field. Students may round out their graduate coursework with a number of diverse electives, including seminars where they can explore topics of greatest interest under the guidance of graduate faculty.

EDSP 500 Cultures and History of Disabilities
EDSP 635 Leadership in Urban Education
EDSP 540 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
EDSP 640 Basic Principles of Behavior
EDSP 621-3 Seminars
OL 535 History and Trends in Higher Education


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