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I am beginning to get the back-to-school jitters πŸ™‚

This past week, I had a great meeting with my advisor to discuss the upcoming year. It is going to be INSANELY busy, but a lot of fun.

First of all, she recommended that I go ahead and finish up the BCBA stuff.  Which, I hope, means I just have to sit for the board exams. Of course, that means hours of studying, but it will be worth it when I can say I am a board certified behavior analyst. I just emailed the person I need to discuss my application with, so hopefully I should know more about this soon.

I’ve slowly been registering for fall classes.  In grad school you have to email the professors to ask for add-codes in order to be able to register for any class.  It turns out that PhD student have to take classes outside of their specialty area, so it’s been a little bit more difficult to get the add codes. 

So far, my schedule looks like this:

Educational Inquiry- EDLPS 525 – Wednesday- 4:30-6:50

General survey of epistemological issues underlying the several schools of thought or families of inquiry. Overview of various methods used in conduct of educational inquiry, examples of ways those methods are typically used, and exploration of strengths and weaknesses of those methods. Discussion throughout is in terms of assumptions regarding the nature of knowledge and purposes of inquiry.

Evidence Based Parenting Interventions- PSYCH 543- Thursday- 2:00-4:50

This three-credit, interdisciplinary course will provide students with an in-depth, hands-on understanding of the practical, cultural, and cross-systems applications of evidence-based parenting interventions. The course is grounded in teaching students to use Helping the Noncompliant Child (HNC; McMahon and Forehand, 2003), an evidence-based parenting intervention for children ages 3 through 8 who are exhibiting acting-out behaviors. This course will include an integration of theory and practice. A significant proportion of the class will involve modeling and practice of HNC, and students will be expected to learn and exhibit competency in the HNC intervention strategies.  Other course components include strategies for linking assessment with the selection and implementation of appropriate evidence-based parenting interventions for children and families and considerations for use of different interventions based on client presentation, ethnicity/culture, socioeconomic status, and system settings (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, education). 

Seminar in Special Education Research- EDSPE 518- Friday- 8:30-11:00

No summary available online. All I know is that I have to take 3 quarters of this course, so it should be pretty interesting πŸ™‚

That brings me up to 9 credits and I will need 10 to be a full time student. I am looking into a seminar on the implementation of evidence based practices in schools.  Sounds really interesting!

A part of me wishes I could go out and buy an awesome new back pack and lunch box for the first day of school πŸ™‚