DESCRIPTION OF CONCENTRATION This cross-disciplinary program of study provides students interested in working with children with disabilities the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in settings such as a classroom or clinical and applied settings. This program emphasizes two areas — behavior analysis and developmental issues.
REQUIREMENTS FOR CONCENTRATION
|Required Courses:||PSY 1 Introduction to Psychology||4 hours|
|PSY 60 Principles of Behavior||3 hours|
|SPED 153 Applied Behavior Analysis and PBS
(Recommend PSY 60 prior to SPED 153)
|Required Either:||PSY 42 Child and Adolescent Development||3 hours|
|EDUC 105 Human Development (Elem & Early Child)||3 hours|
|EDUC 106 Human Development (Secondary)||3 hours|
|Required Either:||SPED 120 Introduction to Special Education||3 hours|
|SPED 152 Charting and Assessment of Young
Children with Needs
|Required Either:||PSY 148 Psychology of Developmental Disabilities||3 hours|
|PSY 142 Behavior Analysis of Child Development||3 hours|
INTERNSHIPS & OPPORTUNITIES In Education, students complete a field experience as part of their course requirements. These placements may include David W. Smouse Opportunity School, an elementary school for children with developmental disabilities and emotional and behavioral problems. This school provides state of the art treatment and also has a behavior analyst working in consultation with the school. Within Psychology, students are encouraged to complete an internship in which students agree to comply with the policies of the employing organization, to attend all required orientations, in-service and staff meetings and the employing organization agrees to provide the students with orientation and supervision necessary to carry out specified responsibilities. At the present moment there are two internship sites in which Board Certified Behavior Analysts supervise student internships — these locations are The Homestead, which provides residential and in home services to children and adults with autism and Woodward Resource Center, a state facility providing residential and habilitative services to adults with intellectual disabilities.
CAREER OPTIONS Individuals completing this concentration are in a unique position to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities contingent on their majors. For example, those earning degrees in Education have the background to be successful working with children with special needs. Those earning degrees in Psychology or any other major have the background to work in applied and clinical settings with individuals with intellectual disabilities (e.g., residential programs, hospitals and outpatient clinics).
May 1 - Enrollment deadline for first-year students
August 4-8 - Iowa Private College Week