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Professional Development Opportunities in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
(Updated 2013)

Endorsed by the United States Surgeon General, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) employs procedures based on scientific research, systematic instruction, and empirical data to teach the language, social, and behavioral skills needed by persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB) maintains a list of educational institutions offering the coursework required for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA). The Board pre-approves university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs.

Approved courses may be offered online, on campus, or some mix thereof. Locations in Southern New England include:

CONNECTICUT

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ)
West Harford, CT
Website: www.usj.edu
USJ’s offers a number of options for future Behavior Analysts, with plans to fit many different career paths. These include a Graduate Certificate program and a Master of Science program in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. These programs can be completed either full- or part-time. USJ sometimes sponsors free public lectures on autism treatment topics so check their website.

Western CT State University (WCSU)
Danbury, CT
Website: www.wcsu.edu/education/bacb.asp
WCSU offers a Graduate Certificate approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®), to prepare students for the national certification examinations sponsored by the BACB.

Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU)
Willimantic, CT
Website: http://www.easternct.edu/psychology/behaviorAnalysis.html
ECSU offers preparation in Behavior Analysis for careers, graduate school, and national certification at the Associate level.

Southern CT State University (SCSU)
New Haven, CT
Website: www.southernct.edu
SCSU offers courses in the discipline of applied behavior analysis (ABA). For more information regarding the university’s autism resources, contact SCSU’s Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Southern offers the following professional training opportunities in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 1) a Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Special Education; and 2) a Graduate Certificate Program. Both programs prepare students to take and pass the BCBA exam and to use ABA in applied settings. Southern also provides students the option of receiving supervision, consistent with the supervision requirements for the BCBA exam. The optional supervision consists of 1:1 supervision by qualified personnel through the Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders and a 1-credit seminar (SED 695). In addition to the 6th year certificate described above, Southern also offers a Master's Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities. This concentration focuses on understanding of autism spectrum disorders, assessment, evidenced based practices and specific instruction in the principles of applied behavior analysis.

Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC)
Waterbury, CT
Website: www.nv.edu
NVCC offers individual courses and a certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The courses will be accepted for certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board if the applicant earns a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field from an accredited university or college. See www.bacb.com for details on requirements. For more information please contact: Professor Larry Venuk, BCBA, lvenuk@nvcc.commnet.edu


MASSACHUSETTS

Elms College, Chicopee, MA
Website: www.elms.edu/academics/graduate-studies/autism-spectrum-disorders.xml

Elms College, in partnership with the River Street Autism Program at Coltsville in Hartford, CT, created one of the nation’s first Master of Science degree programs in autism spectrum disorders. Elms offers both a Master's degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and prepares students to sit for the BCBA exam.

Western New England University (WNE)
Springfield, MA
Website: http://www1.wne.edu/artsandsciences/index.cfm?selection=doc.8393
Through a combination of coursework and supervised experience, students completing WNE’s program will earn a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and meet the Behavior Analysis Certification Board’s (BACB) requirements for taking the exam to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Westfield State University (WSU)
Westfield, MA
Website: www.westfield.ma.edu
WSU offers a course sequence leading to a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.

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