Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at Clemson University
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Clemson University offers an online behavior analysis credentialing program through the Center for Behavior Analysis. The Center offers programs designed for those working or want to work in rehabilitation centers, schools, clinical settings, and hospitals. Those who finish the courses available can become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) after taking the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam. Students must take seven courses, including Ethics and Professional Conduct, Basic Principles in Behavior Analysis I and II and Applied Practice and Intervention.
The last course in practice and intervention requires that students do internships with the center. They’ll have the chance to work with clients on the spectrum in the classroom and other settings, but they will also work with the parents and families of those clients. The last course in this sequence is a review class that goes over the classes they already took and lets them talk about their field experiences. This course charges $125 on top of what students pay for their other classes. It also helps them review the issues and subjects found on the BCBA exam.
Clemson University also offers special education degree programs for those who want to work with students who have disabilities in the classroom. This includes a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Special Education that has a teaching internship that lasts for 67 days. Students spend several months working in a special needs classroom and gaining experience in a school setting. Undergrads will take specific education courses such as Early Intervention Strategies for Young Children with Special Needs, Educational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities, Foundations of Digital Media and Learning and Characteristics and Strategies for Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in addition to their internships.
Also available is a special education concentration in the university’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Students enroll in the summer and take classes during that term and the following fall and spring terms. They then take one more semester of courses before they graduate. Those courses include Legal and Policy Issues in Special Education, Directed Teaching in Special Education and Characteristics of Individuals with Learning Disabilities. A similar program helps graduate students earn a Master of Education (MED) in Counselor Education. It includes concentrations in both school counseling and clinical mental health counseling.
About Clemson University
Clemson University is one of the largest universities in South Carolina and has a flagship campus in the town of the same name. It was established in 1889 as the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina and became Clemson University in 1964. Many call the university simply Clemson today. This final name was chosen in honor of Thomas Green Clemson who founded the original college. U.S. News and World Report ranks Clemson for having one of the best education programs in the nation and as one of the country’s best colleges. More than 24,000 students attend Clemson every year, including more than 5,200 graduate and doctoral students.
Clemson University Accreditation Details
All of the education and special education programs offered by Clemson have accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Those programs also have accreditation from the International Council for Exceptional Students (ICES). Both organizations awarded Clemson accreditation because the programs help students prepare for the PRAXIS exams they need to take to become licensed teachers. Clemson also received institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Students who want institutional and/or government aid can get a financial aid package because this accreditation lets them use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Clemson University Application Requirements
The ABA credentialing program at Clemson does not have as many application requirements as the other programs do. Students simply need to pick which class they want to take and the dates they want to take it. They will also need to fill out an application with a name, home address, email address, and phone number. The application also asks for a current occupation and the name of an employer. Clemson will then contact the prospective student and go over what they need to do enroll in the program and how they can pay for their first class.
Clemson accepts students into the MAT program who have a bachelor’s degree from a school with regional accreditation and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Those students need to provide a MAT or GRE score and a resume along with their unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts are required of accepted students. Clemson also asks for a personal writing statement and two letters of recommendation. The MED program has a final application deadline of January 15 and asks for an application with completed essays, transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Both programs also have an interview requirement.
Undergrads can also apply to Clemson with the online system. They need to submit transcripts that show all the classes they took or will take in their senior year and a recent ACT or SAT score. Clemson offers on-campus and off-campus interviews for those who want to meet with admissions representatives. It has a priority deadline of December first and a May first final deadline for applications. Those who apply by the priority deadline have until the end of December to submit their required documents.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Clemson undergrads pay the in-state rate if they can prove that they live in South Carolina. This rate is $15,558 per year. Nonresident undergrads pay $38,550 a year. All undergrads also pay an average of $11,414 for on-campus room and board. Clemson awards financial aid to undergrads who file the FAFSA and can help them get grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study.
Graduate students pay an average of $11,796 a year as a South Carolina resident and $23,246 as a nonresident. Students in the ABA credentialing program pay one amount each time that they take a class and do not qualify for financial aid. Traditional and online graduate students can get financial aid such as an assistantship or an on-campus job that pays an hourly rate. They also have the option of applying for the university’s fellowships. Clemson University also helps students in the ABA programs find paid internships and get other financial awards every year.