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2015-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Development and Child Studies

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405B Pawley Hall • (248) 370-3077 • Fax (248) 370-4242   (map)


Ambika Bhargava
(248) 370-3026


Associate professors:
Ambika P. Bhargava, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Chaturi Edrisinha, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Janet E. Graetz, Ph.D., George Mason University
Darlene A. G. Groomes, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Andrew S. Gunsberg, Ph.D., University of Illinois
James M. Javorsky, Ph.D., Purdue University
M. Shannan McNair, Ed.D., University of Michigan
Sherri L. Oden, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Julie A. Ricks-Doneen, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Erica A. Ruegg, Ed.D., Texas Technological University
Sunwoo Shin, Ed.D., University of Memphis


Assistant professors:
Jessica Korneder, Ph.D., University of Western Michigan
Tierra B. Tivis, Ph.D., University of Illinois

Visiting professor:
Nicholas P. Lauer, Ph.D., Wayne State University

The Department of Human Development and Child Studies offers programs leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in education with a major in early childhood education, an Education Specialist degree in early education and intervention, Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in early childhood education and in special education, graduate certificates, teaching endorsements, and professional certification. The M.Ed. in early childhood education includes the early childhood endorsement for those who are certified elementary teachers. An M.Ed. in special education includes a concentration in specific learning disability (SLD), emotional impairment (EI), or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that meets the requirements for the state approved teaching endorsement in the selected area. The concentration in applied behavior analysis meets the standards of the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB). Graduate certificate programs that also meet state requirements for the ASD, EI and SLD endorsements are available. Graduate certificates in ABA meet course requirements or course and practicum hours requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.





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