Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.) in Special Education: Positive Behavior Supports

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Special Education provides specialized knowledge and skills in Positive Behavior Support (PBS) for professionals educators who hold a Master's Degree. It is awarded upon completion of 15 credits beyond the Masters degree in Education and Special Education.

However those students who have not met prerequisites prior to being admitted to the program may be required to take more than 15 credits hours in order to learn their certificates.

Students who are enrolled in the Initial Licensure program may be able to take CAGS courses, if eligible, thereby earning their CAGS in addition their master's degrees. The CAGS credits may be used toward their Professional Licenses.

Download program outline CAGS in Special Ed/Positive Behavior Support (PDF)
 

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

OPTION 1: PROFESSIONAL LICENSE PROGRAM

Admission Criteria

  • Posses a Master of Arts or Masters of Education degree;
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0;
  • Possess an Initial License as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities;
  • Have at least one full year of full-time employment in an educational setting

Requirements (15-Credit Hours)
EDU 515 Diversity in Schooling
SED 585 Educating Students with Emotional & Behavior Disorders
SED 587 Advanced Application of Positive Behavior Supports (prerequisite: PSY/SED 568 or equivalent)
SED 589 Seminar: Research & Practice in Positive Behavior Supports (prerequisite; EDU 512, SED 587 can be taken concurrently)
SED 591 (A or B) Performance Assessment and Seminar: Teachers of Students with Special Needs (Prek-8 or 5-12)

OPTION 2: CERTIFICATE ONLY PROGRAM

Admission Criteria

  • Posses a Master of Arts or Masters of Education degree;
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0;
  • Have at least one full year of full-time employment in an educational setting

Requirements (15-Credit Hours)
EDU 515 Diversity in Schooling
SED 585 Educating Students with Emotional & Behavior Disorders
SED 587 Advanced Application of Positive Behavior Supports (prerequisite: PSY/SED 568 or equivalent)
SED 589 Seminar: Research & Practice in Positive Behavior Supports (prerequisite; EDU 512, SED 587 can be taken concurrently)
Elective

FOR INFORMATION:

Contact Dr. Nanho Vander Hart at nvanderh@assumption.edu or (508) 767-7380, or Dr. Diane Myers at dmyers@assumption.edu or (508) 767-7125.