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Question: Who can apply to the ASISC Program?

Answer: Anyone who has earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and successfully meets application requirements. The program was designed for professionals in the fields of education, special education, speech-language pathology, psychology, counseling and other fields who are involved in the education, assessment, and/or treatment of individuals with ASD and their families.

Question: How do I apply to the ASISC Program?

Answer: Complete the Online Application or the Printable Certificate Application. We are accepting applications now for our next cohort of participants beginning in the fall.

Question: How do I complete the online application?

Answer: When applying online, you will make the following selections:

o   Select Apply Now

o   Select login name and password

o   Select Graduate Non-Degree Application

o   Select domestic or international participant

o   Select Graduate Participant

o   Select Education Health and Human Services

o   Select Non-Degree or Certificate

o   Select term you would like to begin and complete demographic information forms

* Keep a record of your login ID and password (supplied by the application system)

Contact Dr. Burgess for additional support, if necessary

Question: Can I complete the ASISC Program online?

Answer: Yes! Participants now have two ways that they can complete the ASISC Program coursework: 1) in a totally online format or 2) in a combined online/face-to-face (hybrid) format. Participants cannot complete the program in an entirely face-to-face format.

Question: What are the courses required for completion of the ASISC Program and when are they offered?

Answer: The ASISC Program includes a total of seven, 3-hour graduate courses. Six of the required courses address a broad range of topics related to understanding and supporting individuals and families affected by ASD across the lifespan. The final course is a 3-hour “Capstone” (independent study) that allows participants to apply knowledge learned through participation in the program to a project of interest. Participants enroll in one or two classes each semester. The following courses are offered to participants taking entirely online coursework.

Semester

Course

Credit

Course Descriptions

Fall

SPED 53030

Applied Behavior Analysis I: Theory and Techniques

3

Theory and techniques associated with applied behavior analysis. Approaches for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and monitoring skill development are emphasized. Procedures for assessing and modifying classroom environments/instructional techniques to enhance learning/behavior of individuals with disabilities with specific emphasis on preventing, increasing positive, and decreasing in appropriate behaviors are introduced. 25 field hours.

Fall

SPED 63954

Practical Applications Five to Eight

3

Application of recommended practices for children five to eight. Observation of children in natural environment; plan, evaluate, intervention collaboratively. Sixty field hours.

Spring

SPA 64500

Language Science

3

Detailed discussion of current theoretical issues in first language acquisition from the prelinguistic period to the development of complex linguistic and communicative abilities.

Spring

SPED 63959

Medical Aspects of Lifespan Disabilities

3

Description of medical issues facing individuals with lifespan disabilities and their families. Examination of etiology, co-occurring disabilities and disorders, and treatment options in relation to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Summer

SPA/SPED 64310

ASD: Lifespan Interventions

3

Provides participants with a review of the significant aspects related to educational, social, vocational transitions for children, adolescents, and young adults with ASD. Participants learn skills necessary to evaluate and develop programs designed to meet the changing and long-term needs of individuals with ASD.

Summer

SPA/SPED 64309

ASD: Theory and Diagnosis

3

Provides an examination of the medical, developmental, social, cognitive, and communicative aspects of disorders on the Autism Spectrum. Assessment and intervention models are explored as they relate to various theoretical models for understanding the presentation of ASD.

Fall

SPED 63995

ASISC Capstone

3

The capstone experience allows participants to apply their knowledge to the context in which they practice in a meaningful and individualized way. Participants may enroll in an approved “traditional” course instead of the capstone course if they choose.

Question: What are my options if I want to take some courses online and some face-to-face?

Answer: The following are options are available for participants who would like to take some courses online and some face-to-face. When courses are offered multiple semester, the following coding system is applied: bold = offered online, regular = offered face to face. The following courses are available to participants taking a combination of online and face-to-face coursework.

Semester

Course

Credit

Course Descriptions

Fall/

Spring/

Summer

SPED 53030

Applied Behavior Analysis I: Theory and Techniques

3

Theory and techniques associated with applied behavior analysis. Approaches for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and monitoring skill development are emphasized. Procedures for assessing and modifying classroom environments/instructional techniques to enhance learning/behavior of individuals with disabilities with specific emphasis on preventing, increasing positive, and decreasing in appropriate behaviors are introduced. 25 field hours.

Fall

Fall

SPED 63954

Practical Applications Five to Eight

Or

SPSY 6/77973

Consulting in the Helping Professions

3

3

Application of recommended practices for children five to eight. Observation of children in natural environment; plan, evaluate, intervention collaboratively. Sixty field hours.

Participants learn consultation skills and processes utilizing a number of professional models such as Caplan's model, behavior and problem solving models and crisis consultation. 20 clinical/field hours.

Spring

SPA 64500

Language Science

3

Detailed discussion of current theoretical issues in first language acquisition from the prelinguistic period to the development of complex linguistic and communicative abilities.

Spring

Fall/

Spring

SPED 63959

Medical Aspects of Lifespan Disabilities

Or

SPED 6/73030

Pharmacological Interventions in SPED

3

3

Description of medical issues facing individuals with lifespan disabilities and their families. Examination of etiology, co-occurring disabilities and disorders, and treatment options in relation to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Introduce mechanisms by which drugs act; identify benefits/side effects; implications for delivery/ intervention; monitoring in classroom. Classes of drugs examined; issues examined; delineation of responsibilities and prohibitions.

Summer

SPA/SPED 64310

ASD: Lifespan Interventions

3

Provides participants with a review of the significant aspects related to educational, social, vocational transitions for children, adolescents, and young adults with ASD. Participants learn skills necessary to evaluate and develop programs designed to meet the changing and long-term needs of individuals with ASD.

Summer

SPA/SPED 64309

ASD: Theory and Diagnosis

3

Provides an examination of the medical, developmental, social, cognitive, and communicative aspects of disorders on the Autism Spectrum. Assessment and intervention models are explored as they relate to various theoretical models for understanding the presentation of ASD.

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

Summer

Any Semester

SPED 63995

ASISC Capstone

Or

SPED 63300

Research Applications in SPED

Or

SPED 53030

Applied Behavior Analysis II:

Or

SPA 64098

Individual Investigation: SP&A

3

3

3

The capstone experience allows participants to apply their knowledge to the context in which they practice in a meaningful and individualized way.

Culminating experience in which participants apply their content, methods and research skills to develop a final project that addresses an area of special education. Focuses on techniques for answering research questions, developing curriculum, and assimilating knowledge through applied projects.

The purpose of this course is to equip participants with the skills necessary to integrate the technology of applied behavior analysis with the analytical skills necessary to prevent, teach, manage, and assess behavior. Specific behavioral interventions are presented. Includes 40 field hours. Prerequisite: SPED 53030

Research or individual investigation for master's level graduate participants.

Question: Do I have to start the ASISC Program in the fall?

Answer:  A Fall start is highly recommended.The coursework is sequenced to begin in the fall. However, sometimes participants can start in the spring; most often if they are also completing a master’s program and are flexible about when they take courses and the format (online versus face-to-face). Participants who wish to begin the spring should meet with their advisor and discuss this option.

Question: What if I have already taken some of the courses required for the ASISC?

Answer: Participants will not be required to repeat Kent State coursework that has been taken within 6 years of completion of the program.

Question: Can I transfer credit from another University into the ASISC Program?

Answer: Participants can transfer up to 4 credit hours from another University if the coursework is comparable. Participants may be asked to furnish a syllabus from the course they are transferring in.  To transfer credit, participants must submit a Transfer of Credit Request form along with an official transcript to the Office of Graduate Participant Services, 418 White Hall.

Question: What if I also want a master’s degree in Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology or another education or health related services field at Kent State University?

Answer: Participants can apply for a master’s degree in one of these fields. In most cases, some of the ASISC Program coursework will apply toward the master’s degree. Participants are encouraged to contact an advisor in their field of interest to learn more about program requirements.

Question: Are participants enrolled in the ASISC Program eligible for financial aid?

Answer: Participants who are taking a minimum of 6 graduate hours of coursework per semester may be eligible for financial aid. Questions about financial aid should be directed to Student Financial Aid.

Question: How do I apply for graduation upon completion of the ASISC Program?

Answer: Participants are required to complete and submit a Printable Certificate Completion Application form.

The deadline to submit graduation application is Friday of the 1st week of the semester in which the participant plans to graduate.

Question:  Who should I contact if I have more questions about the ASISC Program?

Answer: Contact Dr. Sloane Burgess

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