Master of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS)

Centre for Applied Disability Studies

Master of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS)

 The M.ADS is a professional Master's degree. This option differs from the MA in that no research thesis is required, and the student would not likely be eligible for Brock graduate student stipends and bursaries. M.ADS students may choose to specialize in ABA, and take our BACB approved ABA courses in order to become eligible for certification as a BCBA after completing their degree and experience hours. The M.ADS program is designed to be completed in three years on a part-time basis (or two years on a full-time basis). The program is geared to current and future professionals - CADS  offers courses on weekends in different locations in Ontario. Students may potentially gain employment as Instructional Therapists in IBI programs, Behaviour consultants/Therapists in Community Behavioural Programs, Teachers and Educators etc.


ABA Program
Students in our MA, M.ADS and Diploma programs may choose to specialize in ABA. Our ABA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Students who complete our ABA course sequence meet the course requirements to become Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs).R As part of the coursework, ABA students have to opportunity to gain practical experience through a 300 hour practicum placement. There are many jobs for BCBAs, particularly, but not exclusively in Autism Spectrum Disorders. CADS was the first grad program in Ontario to offer an approved course sequence and our pass rate on the BCBA examination is significantly above average.

General Program
Students with interests in teaching, community –based programming, health care, therapeutic and other services and support across the lifespan and a variety of disabilities, inclusive and accessible environments, and advocacy and social justice will enjoy the professional, personal and scholarly challenges offered by the critical disabilities orientation within the general program option of the Applied Disability Studies degree. This option provides interdisciplinary, socio-political, cultural, and foundational scholarship written by scholars with disabilities about issues of relevance for persons with disabilities. The course bank also includes opportunities for qualitative and blended research methods, writing conventions, internships and a Major Research Paper (MRP). This program option provides students with both theoretical and applied experiences in a variety of online, hybrid and face to face contexts and allows students to develop skills in research, leadership, writing, analysis, multi-media literacy, networking and advocacy.

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