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William J. Therrien

Unit: School of Education and Human Development
Department: School of Education and Human Development
Office location and address
Bavaro Hall 221
417 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2004
M.Ed., Arizona State University, 1998
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1993
Science Education Instruction for Elementary Students with Learning Disabilities
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
July 01, 2022 – June 30, 2026
Special Education Teachers and Researchers Initiative for Virginia Education (STRIVE)
Source: U.S. Department Of Education
January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2022
CU-CISE Promoting Scientific Explorers: The Design and Testing of a Grade 2 Science Program Focused on Earth's Systems
Source: The University of Texas at Austin
June 01, 2017 – May 31, 2022
EDIS 2600: Introduction to Applied Behavioral Analysis
Credits: 3
An intensive introduction to basic concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis. Provides an overview of the field's history, current trends, and future directions. Specific content covered includes (1) basic behavioral principles, (2) evidence-based instructional practices, (3) ethical issues associated, (4) operational definitions and measurement of behavior, (5) strategies to increase behavior, and (6) strategies to decrease behavior.
EDIS 3020: The Exceptional Learner
Credits: 3
An introduction to the study of exceptional children & adults. Focuses on extending principles of learning and intellectual, socio-cultural, emotional, and physical development to persons with disabilities, as well as the gifted, autism, traumatic brain injury, ADD, and ADHD. Information on medical conditions which influence learning and development. Credit is not given for both EDIS 3020 and 5000. Master of Teaching students must take EDIS 5000
EDIS 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Directed Research under supervision of faculty member.
EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
Credits: 3
Introduction to the study of exceptional children and adults. Extends principles of learning and intellectual, socio-cultural, emotional, and physical development to persons with disabilities. Includes gifted, autism, TBI, dyslexia, ADHD and other medical conditions; historical, ethical, and legal aspects; application of federal/state regulatory requirements; identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities.
EDIS 5040: Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
Credits: 3
Prepares teachers of exceptional children to administer, score, and interpret several standard educational instruments; to use informal procedures in educational assessment; and to interpret the combined results of psychological, sociological, medical, and educational assessments as they apply to the development and evaluation of individualized educational plans.
EDIS 5041: Behavior & Classroom Management
Credits: 3
Examination of principles and applications of behavior analysis in education settings. Students learn fundamental concepts of human behavior as well as procedures for managing classroom behavior and routines for establishing positive learning environments.
EDIS 5133: Basic Principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis
Credits: 3
The course will focus on the basic principles of ABA. The course will cover the characteristics, theories, basic definitions, principles, and processes of behavior analysis and basic behavior change techniques. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to have a solid knowledge base of the basic concepts, principles, and techniques of applied behavior analysis.
EDIS 5137: Explicit Instruction
Credits: 3
The purpose of the course is to introduce appropriate methodology for teaching academic skills to students with significant learning difficulties. The majority of the course deals with effective practices for designing and delivering academic instruction and independent work to students who do not learn optimally under current conditions within their general education classes.
EDIS 5160: Behavior Analyst Practicum
Credits: 3
The purpose of practicum is to enhance students' training as scientist-practitioners by providing structured supervision and quality feedback regarding experiences in a clinical environment in which behavioral assessment and treatment is provided to children with various developmental and intellectual disabilities. The main objective of practicum is to offer multiple exemplars for generalization of concepts learned in graduate coursework.
EDLF 7330: Single-Subject Research
Credits: 3
Detailed examination of the design and interpretation of single-subject research. Foci for the course include rationale for single-subject research; methods for planning, implementing, and evaluating studies; and issues in the use of these methods.
EDIS 8090: Seminar: Integrative Literature Reviews
Credits: 3
Presents methods for systematically integrating research literature, including searching extant studies, categorizing studies on the basis of their relevant characteristics, analyzing the resulting data, and preparing reports of reviews. Includes methods for both narrative reviews and meta-analyses.
EDIS 8981: Practicum: Special Education
Credits: 1–6
Practicum: Special Education
EDIS 9740: Internship in College Teaching or Supervision
Credits: 1–6
Opportunities for experienced doctoral students to teach courses or partial courses at the University, or to supervise student teachers under the guidance of a faculty member.
EDIS 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Under close guidance of a faculty member, students work on an area of particular interest that cannot be met by a regularly scheduled course. A plan of study should be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDIS 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Advisor Permission Required
EDIS 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.