Year of Publication
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling
Dr. Justin Lane
During the Spring 2020 semester, students within the special education program were conducting applied thesis projects within typical contexts as part of their fulfillment of the requirements of a master’s degree program. Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), public schools and related facilities closed with no plans to reopen within the time frame to allow for graduation for students in the last semester of their graduate program. Students were allowed to complete an alternative thesis assignment in the form of responding to writing prompts followed by an oral defense of the written products, along with questions related to their field of study. The following written prompts were assigned as an alternative to an applied thesis project:
Alternate Thesis Project
The deadline for submitting responses is April 6. Responses should be emailed to all members of your committee. You will complete an oral defense on the date that you have already scheduled, and you will answer questions about your written questions, as well as answer questions from any content that you have learned during your Master’s program.
- Compare and contrast the multiple baseline design with a multiple probe design. I expect the product of your work to provide sufficient information that would demonstrate your understanding of each design.
- I have attached a single-case article in your area of interest. You will use the handout you were given and practiced in EDS 633 to analyze the article (attached) – write a summary of the findings that evaluates the rigor, quality, and potential bias in the article.
- You will write an article, designed for a practitioner, about the independent variable (behavior skills training for social behaviors) you chose for your original thesis including a rationale for why this IV is important, how to implement the IV, an application vignette or scenario, and supporting references. I have attached examples of such papers (not in your topic area and longer than you are expected to write – BUT should serve as a guide in this process).
Each response must be 4 double-spaced pages and adhere to APA 6th edition guidelines and include references (this section does not count toward page requirements). When reviewing and editing your work, make sure your responses are analytical, technical, and your own original ideas/work (plagiarism is not worth failing; https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/citations/plagiarism).
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Murner, Elaine, "Alternative Thesis Project for Spring 2020 Semester" (2020). Theses and Dissertations--Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling. 86.