Project OIC

Enhancing Professional Preparation through Online Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Through a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs/U.S. Department of Education, the University of Arizona (UA) is offering an interdisciplinary collaboration between two highly effective online special education programs: preparing teachers of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) students and preparing behavior analysts. The goals of the project are to increase (a) the number of fully credentialed teachers of DHH students (TODHHs) who can address challenging behavior issues and provide intensive individualized instruction to students, (b) the number of fully credentialed behavior analysts who can support students who have challenging behavior issues due to severe communication difficulties, and (c) the collaborative efforts between TODHHs, behavior analysts, general education personnel, and families to create optimal learning environments at home and educational settings, including schools and distance learning environments. The project will focus on preparing professionals to work with students who have high-intensity needs, including students with severe sensory disabilities, communication needs, and autism. The project aims to recruit primarily nontraditional graduate students.

Project OIC Scholars plans of study are provided below for each program. The current tuition rate is $653/unit. Project OIC will provide students with $11,800 per year toward tuition and fees. In addition, Project OIC will provide scholars with $300 for participation in induction activities upon program completion. Project OIC Scholars have a payback obligation to teach one year for each year they receive funding (see Service Obligation and Repayment Requirements).  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3.2 GPA
  • Experience working with children with special needs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching certification in elementary or special education

Plans of Study

ABA Project scholars will take an additional 15 units (51 units total). DHH Project Scholars will take an additional 9 units (58 units total). All Project Scholars will participate in shared assignments and courses that are focused on the goals of Project OIC. 

Plan of Study

Summer Year 1

SERP 530 Educational Issues: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children – 3 credits
SERP 534 Language Development for the Exceptional Child – 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Effective Collaboration – 1 credits

Fall Year 1

SERP 502 Behavior Principles in Disability: Assessment and Intervention – 3 credits
SERP 504 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners – 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Language, Communication, and Behavior Principles – 1 credits

Spring Year 1

SERP 590 Single Subject Research Design – 3 credits
SERP 529a Advanced Positive Behavioral Support I – 3 credits
SERP 503 Special Services in the Schools – 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Collaborative Intervention Planning – 1 credits

Summer Year 2

SERP 553 Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis – 3 credits
SERP 556 Research Methods in Education – 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Collaborative Intervention Planning – 1 credits

Fall Year 2

SERP 529b Advanced Positive Behavioral Support II – 3 credits
SERP 552 Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis – 3 credits
SERP 594 Interdisciplinary Practicum – 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Intervention Problems and Solutions – 1 credits

Spring Year 2

SERP 555 Applied Behavior Analysis: Personnel Supervision and Management – 3 credits
SERP 909 Master’s Project – 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Capstone – 1 credits

Plan of Study

Summer Year 1

SERP 534 Language Development for the Exceptional Child - 3 credits
SERP 530 Educational Issues: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children - 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Effective Collaboration - 1 credit

Fall Year 1

SERP 538 Language Assessment and Intervention of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students - 3 credits
SERP 567* Audiology Practices in Education - 3 credits
SERP 502 Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention - 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Language, Communication, and Behavior Principles - 1 credit

Spring Year 1

SERP 537 Literacy Assessment and Intervention of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students - 3 credits
SERP 556 Educational Research Methods - 3 credits
LCEV 508 Methods of Teaching English to English Language Learners - 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Collaborative Intervention Planning - 1 credit

Summer Year 2

SERP 532 Principles of Listening & Spoken Language in Hard-of-Hearing and Deaf Students - 3 credits
SERP 503 Special Services in the Schools - 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Collaborative Intervention Planning - 1 credit

Fall Year 2

SERP 594* Interdisciplinary Practicum - 3 credits
SERP 504 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners - 3 credits
SERP 529B Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis - 3 credits
SERP 599 Independent Study: Intervention Problems and Solutions - 1 credit

Spring Year 2

SERP 597N* Issues In DHH: Supporting DHH Students in Public Schools - 3 credits
SERP 593 Internship/Capstone (must meet ASL proficiency requirement prior to starting final internship) - 8 credits
SERP 594 Audiology Practicum - 1 credit
SERP 909 Master’s Project (portfolio presentation) - 1 credit
SERP 599 Independent Study: Capstone - 1 credit

*Includes a benchmark assignment for program portfolio

Students who do not have a background in general or special education must also take:
SERP 500 Foundations of Special Education and Rehabilitation
SERP 594 Education Methods Practicum

DHH PLAN OF STUDY FORM

 

If you are interested in applying to Project OIC as part of the Applied Behavior Analysis program, contact Dr. Rebecca Hartzell. To apply as part of the the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing program, contact Dr. Christina Rivera. You can also apply directly through GradApp.