M.Ed. – In Curriculum and Instruction and High Incidence Disabilities  (Applied Behavior Analysis Option)


In general, this program is designed to conform to the conceptual framework of the College of Education and the program outcomes of the Master’s of Education in High Incidence Disabilities at Nicholls State University. Essentially, all programs of study in the College of Education are based on the global conceptual framework of “Responsible Leaders Engaging in Professional Practice.” The conceptual framework for programs in the College of Education describes the mission, philosophy, purposes, professional commitments, dispositions, knowledge bases, commitment to diversity, integration of technology, alignment with professional and state standards, performance outcomes for candidates, and the means of assessing candidate performance. The training focus of this program extends the general reflective decision making model of the College of Education to that of the data-based decision maker. The intent of this program is to prepare candidates as “strategic scientists of pedagogy.” A major objective of this model is to promote the practice of emotionally detached data-based decision making in an effort to minimize or eliminate error, bias, and unfair discrimination in our work with children, families, and school personnel. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to design and apply the principals of applied behavioral analysis in the development of preventive and intervention strategies for a broad spectrum of instructional, emotional, social, and behavioral concerns.


The goals of this program are to prepare you to employ a behavior analytic approach to teaching, as applied to students with and without disabilities. You will learn about specific concepts and principles, ethics of treatment, functional assessment of behavior, and how to relate interventions to behavioral function.

For more information on Nicholls State University, please go to:http://www.nicholls.edu/catalog/2009-2010/html/graduate_studies/education/master-of-education-curriculum-and-instruction/