Early behavioral intervention is key in the successful treatment of autism. UMass Lowell's Department of Psychology, in collaboration with the UMass Medical School's Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, has developed an online, graduate-level Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate Program. Students may pursue either of the following two program options:
- The Behavioral Intervention in Autism
A four-course online graduate certificate program designed for those interested in learning more about behavioral intervention in autism, who are not necessarily interested in pursuing Behavior Analyst certification.
Behavioral Intervention in Autism Graduate Certificate with
Coursework Preparation for the BACB Board Certified Behavior Analyst Exam
A six-course online graduate certificate program designed for those interested in becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB). This course sequence has been approved for the BACB's 4th Edition coursework requirements which will go into effect in 2015.
Courses are taught by expert behavior analysts from around the country who work for some of the most respected centers for autism treatment and research.
In addition to the Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate Program, the University also offers two master's degree programs towards which many of the autism certificate program courses may be applied:
An Online Master's Degree
in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option for Professional Educators (M.Ed.)
An interdisciplinary master's degree for professional educators with a focus on Autism Studies.
Campus/Online Master's Degree in Autism Studies
A blended master's degree in Autism Studies, featuring a combination of online and on-campus courses, which provides all the coursework and supervised experience needed to qualify for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.
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 and interdisciplinary and that is relevant to diverse populations and to 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.
Note: The BACB logos and trademarks "Behavior Analyst Certification Board®" "BACB®," "Board Certified Behavior Analyst®," "BCBA®," and "Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst™ " are owned by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.
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Winner of the National Sloan-C Excellence Award for Outstanding Online Teaching & Learning Program
"UMass Lowell's program in Behavioral Intervention in Autism fills a significant need for individuals educated in the best methods of helping individuals and families with autism. Behavior Analysis is presently documented as the most effective approach to improving the lives of people diagnosed with autism. With the reported increases in autism, there is a burgeoning need for skilled practitioners of behavior analysis throughout the nation and, indeed, the world."
- Professor Charlotte Mandell, Psychology Dept & Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Questions? Contact Us!
Email our AutismCertificate@uml.edu for assistance, or call for advising at (978) 934-2240 for advising. For general questions, please call (800) 480-3190 and press 3 to speak with an advisor. See links at the bottom of this page for technical assistance with your online course.