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Special Education

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The Special Education graduate programs offer doctoral specializations, master's degrees, and graduate certificates including teacher education and licensure coursework. The programs provide professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of children with special needs. The licensure curricula are based on the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and meet the requirements of the Virginia Department of Education. Other areas of study include applied behavior analysis and assistive technology. The applied behavior analysis certificate is based on the standard of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.

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ABA workshop: Working with Staff to Promote Work Quality and Enjoyment: Evidence-Based Strategies

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This workshop will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and will describe evidence-based means of supervising and consulting with human service and education staff to promote work quality and Read more...

ABA workshop: Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities Enjoy Learning without Problem Behavior

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This workshop will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 and will describe evidence-based ways to make teaching enjoyable for learners with intellectual and related disabilities and eliminate the Read more...

Lessons Learned in Creating Online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate Program

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Dr. Theodore Hoch, professor of the fully online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate program, utilizes innovative tools to deliver quality, accessible online courses. Read more...

ABA Workshop Series: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities

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This workshop will be held on September 19 and 20 and focuses on the behavioral approach to teaching communication skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities.


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How Do You Spell Mnemonics? Try Scruggs-Mastropieri

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Last week the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children hosted a tribute for Mason's Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri.  Read more...

Assistive Technology Programs Now Online

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This Fall, the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program launched the Assistive Technology concentration and certificate in a fully online format.


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Special Education Professor Izen Utilizes Support Network for Innovative Online Instruction

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Dr. Izen utilized various support networks at Mason to become an expert in online teaching including a design partnership with an instructional designer to develop a fully online course.


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