Early Childhood Education

This specialty area is for students interested in studying young children and understanding the conditions that promote their healthy development. It includes courses in behavior analysis, child development, curriculum development, parenting, and others that address issues relating to young children. The program culminates in practica that provide students with direct experiences in toddler or preschool classrooms for children with and without developmental disabilities. Students completing this program will gain knowledge and experience in the areas of behavior analysis, child development, developmental disability, education, and intervention. Careers: This area is relevant for students interested in working with young children in home, educational, community-based, hospital, or other therapeutic settings.

Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialty Area

This option is for students interested in understanding typical and atypical child development and learning to promote healthy development in young children (ages 0-6 yrs).  Students who choose this option are required to complete practica in classrooms that serve toddlers and preschool children.

Introductory Course (3 hours)

ABSC 100 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)

or

ABSC 101 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science, Honors (3)

Core Knowledge Courses (10 hours)

ABSC 304 Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)

ABSC 308 Research Methods and Applications (4)

ABSC 509 Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)

Required Specialty Area Courses (6 hours)

ABSC 160 Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3)*

ABSC 444 Curriculum Development for Young Children (3)

*Students may substitute PSYC 333:  Child Psychology for ABSC 160.  The credit hours for PSYC 333, however, do not count toward the 33 required ABS major hours or toward the 15 required junior-senior ABS hours.

Specialty Area Electives (at least 8 hours)

Any junior-senior level ABSC courses, except those already required as introductory, core knowledge, and required specialty area courses.  Additionally, practicum courses (ABSC 675-699) do not count toward specialty area elective hours. Please see specialty area advisors for recommendations.

ABSC 310/311 Building Health Communities (3)

ABSC 342         Adult Development & Aging (3)

ABSC 350         Behavior Treatment of Children with Autism (3)

ABSC 356         Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)

ABSC 360         Drugs, Addiction, & Behavior (3)

ABSC 405         Children and Media (3)

ABSC 410         Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents (3)

ABSC 425*^     Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science (3)

ABSC 433         Analysis of Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Roles in Childhood & Adolescence (3)

ABSC 437         Independent Living and People with Disabilities (3)

ABSC 441            Ethics, Legal, & Professional Issues

ABSC 469*^        Special Topics (1-3)

ABSC 470            Organizational Behavior Management (3)

ABSC 479*^        Study Abroad Topics (1-5)

ABSC 489*^        Directed Readings (1-3)

ABSC 499*^        Directed Research (1-3)

ABSC 535            Developmental Psychopathology (3)

ABSC 542            Applied Gerontology (3)

ABSC 555            Issues in Administering Early Childhood

Services (3)

ABSC 560            The Juvenile Justice System: A Behavioral &

Legal Perspective (3)

ABSC 562         Behavioral Community Approaches to Social Issues (3)

ABSC 565            Applied Developmental Psychology (3)

ABSC 599*^        Honors & Thesis in Applied Behavioral Science

(1-5)

ABSC 606*^        Special Projects in the Community (1-10)

ABSC 620            Drug Abuse: From Basic Research to Public

Policy (3)

ABSC 626            Psychology of Adolescence (3)

ABSC 632            Advanced Child Behavior and Development (3)

ABSC 671/672    Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

ABSC 799            Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3)

* No more than 6 credit hours of these courses count toward ABS major hours.

^  Requires instructor permission.

Practicum (6-10 hours)

Two semesters are required.  The courses are offered for 5 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters, and for 3 hours during the Summer session.  Students must select at least one of the courses listed below.  For their other required semester, students may also select ABSC 680 (in addition to those listed below). 

ABSC 675**    Practicum I: Toddler Care & Early Intervention (for students new to the Toddler Care Practicum)

ABSC 676            Practicum II: Toddler Care & Early Intervention (for students who completed ABSC 675)

ABSC 677**    Practicum I: Preschool Education & Intervention (for students new to the Preschool Education Practicum)

ABSC 678         Practicum II: Preschool Education & Intervention (for students who completed ABSC 677)

** ABSC 444 must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, enrollment in the above practicum courses.

Statistics

At least one course in statistics is strongly encouraged for students planning to apply to graduate programs in behavior analysis (or related fields).  Credit hours in statistics courses do not count toward ABSC major hour requirements.

Faculty Members

Professors Claudia Dozier, Pamela Neidert, and Kelley Harrison.

EARLY CHILDHOOD AUTISM INTERVENTION

This option is for students interested in conducting intervention procedures to address problem behavior and skill deficits (e.g., language and social) of children with autism and other related developmental disabilities.  Students who choose this option are required to take a preparatory course and practica focusing on children with autism and other related disabilities.

Introductory Course (3 hours)

ABSC 100            Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)

or

ABSC 101            Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science, Honors (3)

Core Knowledge Courses (10 hours)

ABSC 304         Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)

ABSC 308            Research Methods and Application (4)

ABSC 509            Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)

Required Specialty Area Courses (9 hours)

ABSC 160**        Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3)

ABSC 350            Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism (3)

ABSC 444            Curriculum Development for Young Children (3)

**Students may substitute PYSC 333:  Child Psychology for ABSC 160.  The credit hours for PYSC 333, however, do not count toward the 33 required ABSC major hours or toward the 15 required junior-senior ABSC hours.

Specialty Area Electives (at least 5 hours)

Any junior-senior level ABSC courses, except those already required as introductory, core knowledge, and required specialty area courses.  Additionally, practicum courses (ABSC 675-699) do not count toward specialty area elective hours. Please see specialty area advisors for recommendations.

ABSC 310/311 Building Health Communities (3)

ABSC 342         Adult Development & Aging (3)

ABSC 356         Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)

ABSC 360         Drugs, Addiction, & Behavior (3)

ABSC 405         Children and Media (3)

ABSC 410         Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents (3)

ABSC 425*^     Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science (3)

ABSC 433         Analysis of Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Roles in Childhood & Adolescence (3)

ABSC 437         Independent Living and People with Disabilities (3)

ABSC 441            Ethics, Legal, & Professional Issues

ABSC 469*^        Special Topics (1-3)

ABSC 470            Organizational Behavior Management (3)

ABSC 479*^        Study Abroad Topics (1-5)

ABSC 489*^        Directed Readings (1-3)

ABSC 499*^        Directed Research (1-3)

ABSC 535            Developmental Psychopathology (3)

ABSC 542            Applied Gerontology (3)

ABSC 555            Issues in Administering Early Childhood

Services (3)

ABSC 560            The Juvenile Justice System: A Behavioral &

Legal Perspective (3)

ABSC 562         Behavioral Community Approaches to Social Issues (3)

ABSC 565            Applied Developmental Psychology (3)

ABSC 599*^        Honors & Thesis in Applied Behavioral Science

(1-5)

ABSC 606*^        Special Projects in the Community (1-10)

ABSC 620            Drug Abuse: From Basic Research to Public

Policy (3)

ABSC 626            Psychology of Adolescence (3)

ABSC 632            Advanced Child Behavior and Development (3)

ABSC 671/672    Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

ABSC 799            Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3)

* No more than 6 credit hours of these courses count toward ABS major hours.

^  Requires instructor permission.

Practicum (6-10 hours)

Two semesters are required.  The courses are offered for 5 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters, and for 3 hours during the Summer session.  Students must complete at least 1 semester of ABSC 680 (though 2 semesters are encouraged).  However, for their other required semester, students may also select from ABSC 675-678.

ABSC 680**        Advanced Laboratory in Development of Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism

**ABSC 350 must be taken prior to enrollment in ABSC 680.

Statistics

At least one course in statistics is strongly encouraged for students planning to apply to graduate programs in behavior analysis (or related fields).  Credit hours in statistics courses do not count toward ABSC major hour requirements.

Faculty Members

Professors Claudia Dozier, Pamela Neidert, and Kelley Harrison.

EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH

This option is for students interested in gaining research experience in early childhood possibly as preparation for graduate school or employment in educational and clinical research centers.  Students who choose this option will enroll in research-oriented practica.  Interested students should consult with Claudia Dozier or Pamela Neidert.

Introductory Course (3 hours)

ABSC 100            Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)

or

ABSC 101            Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science, Honors (3)

Core Knowledge Courses (10 hours)

ABSC 304         Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)

ABSC 308            Research Methods and Application (4)

ABSC 509            Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)

Required Specialty Area Courses (3 hours)

ABSC 160**        Introduction to Child Behavior and

                                                Development (3)

**Students may substitute PSYC 333:  Child Psychology for ABSC 160.  The credit hours for PSYC 333, however, do not count toward the 33 required ABSC major hours or toward the 15 required junior-senior ABSC hours.

Specialty Area Electives (at least 11 hours)

Any junior-senior level ABSC courses, except those already required as introductory, core knowledge, and required specialty area courses.  Additionally, practicum courses (ABSC 675-695) do not count toward specialty area elective hours. Please see specialty area advisors for recommendations.

ABSC 310/311 Building Health Communities (3)

ABSC 342         Adult Development & Aging (3)

ABSC 350         Behavior Treatment of Children with Autism (3)

ABSC 356         Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)

ABSC 360         Drugs, Addiction, & Behavior (3)

ABSC 405         Children and Media (3)

ABSC 410         Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents (3)

ABSC 425*^     Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science (3)

ABSC 433         Analysis of Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Roles in Childhood & Adolescence (3)

ABSC 437         Independent Living and People with Disabilities (3)

ABSC 441            Ethics, Legal, & Professional Issues

ABSC 469*^        Special Topics (1-3)

ABSC 470            Organizational Behavior Management (3)

ABSC 479*^        Study Abroad Topics (1-5)

ABSC 489*^        Directed Readings (1-3)

ABSC 499*^        Directed Research (1-3)

ABSC 535            Developmental Psychopathology (3)

ABSC 542            Applied Gerontology (3)

ABSC 555            Issues in Administering Early Childhood

Services (3)

ABSC 560            The Juvenile Justice System: A Behavioral &

Legal Perspective (3)

ABSC 562         Behavioral Community Approaches to Social Issues (3)

ABSC 565            Applied Developmental Psychology (3)

ABSC 599*^        Honors & Thesis in ABS (1-5)

ABSC 606*^        Special Projects in the Community (1-10)

ABSC 620            Drug Abuse: From Basic Research to Public

Policy (3)

ABSC 626            Psychology of Adolescence (3)

ABSC 632            Advanced Child Behavior and Development (3)

ABSC 671/672    Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

ABSC 799            Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3)

* No more than 6 credit hours of these courses count toward ABS major hours.

^  Requires instructor permission.

Practicum (6 hours)

Two semesters are required.  The courses are offered for 3-5 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters, and for 3 hours during the Summer session.  Students must complete at least 1 semester of ABSC 679.  For their other required semester, students may select from ABSC 675-680.  No more than 6 hours of ABSC 679 may count toward the ABSC major credit-hour requirement.

ABSC 679**    Practicum in Behavior-Analytic Research in Early Childhood (3-5)

** ABSC 308 must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, enrollment in the above practicum courses.

Statistics

At least one course in statistics is strongly encouraged for students planning to apply to graduate programs in behavior analysis (or related fields).  Credit hours in statistics courses do not count toward ABS major credit-hour requirements.

Faculty Members

Professors Claudia Dozier, Pamela Neidert, and Kelley Harrison.

WEBSITES FOR RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Behavior Analysis

                www.abainternational.org

                www.bacb.com

Early Childhood

                www.childlife.org

                www.naeyc.org

Autism

                www.autism-society.org

                www.naar.org

                www.autismcoalition.org

                www.feat.org

                http://asatonline/.org

                www.autismspeaks.org