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Graduate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies

In response to the worldwide demand for applied behavior analysis and autism studies professionals, UMass Lowell has developed three graduate-level programs designed to provide the knowledge and skills that are needed to enhance the development — and support the families — of those who are diagnosed with autism, as well as strengthen the ability of schools and hospitals to work effectively with individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis: BCBA 5th Edition

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Developed by UMass Lowell's Psychology department in partnership with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, this graduate-level certificate program is designed to provide psychology, education, child care and human services professionals with an understanding of behavioral methods, and knowledge of how and where such methods can be used. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified that this program's courses meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) examination.

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Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies

The M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies utilizes the scientist-practitioner model to deliver the knowledge and capabilities you will need for applied professional and research positions, as well as future matriculation into a doctoral program. Offered as a blend of online and on-campus courses, this program aims to accommodate working professionals, with on-campus courses scheduled in the late-afternoon and evening hours. There are two degree pathways with this program:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): This option is designed for students who are interested in the science of behavior analysis, sitting for the national BCBA certification exam and obtaining licensure as an Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the Commonwealth.

Autism Studies (AS): This option is designed for students who are interested in research careers in autism and related fields and/or preparing for doctoral-level study.

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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option M.Ed.

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This innovative, cross-disciplinary 10-course master's degree program is offered through UMass Lowell's College of Education. Knowledge of autism studies and applied behavior analysis gained through courses offered by the Psychology department is integrated with graduate-level courses from the College of Education. Available 100% online, this multifaceted program covers such topics as behavioral teaching procedures, measurement methods used in behavioral intervention, functional analysis of challenging or maladaptive behaviors, ethical issues facing professionals working with individuals diagnosed with disabilities (particularly those on the autism spectrum), as well as considerations for curriculum and pedagogy.

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About UMass Lowell's Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department at UMass Lowell prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the field of psychology. Qualified and strongly motivated students will benefit from the department's commitment to scholarship that is innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary and relevant to diverse populations and individual or community well-being.

About The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center has been a pioneer in research, education and service for people with developmental disabilities and their families for over three decades. In 2001, the Shriver Center became a part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and was designated as one of its Centers of Excellence.

About UMass Lowell's College of Education

UMass Lowell's College of Education is committed to playing a pivotal role in the intellectual, ethical, social and economic development of communities by educating leaders who can transform educational institutions in the diverse communities of Massachusetts and around the world. The College of Education is a leading provider of graduate-level programs in education, which include teacher and principal licensure programs, education specialist degrees, and master's and doctoral degrees in education.