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Graduate Certificate Program in Behavioral Intervention in Autism: BCBA Coursework Preparation
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Currently, there is a critical shortage of skilled early intervention professionals worldwide. To fill this need, and to assure that these professionals have acquired the most relevant skills, the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB) has carefully established rigorous guidelines for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA). Having this credential has become the standard for early behavioral intervention specialists.
UMass Lowell's award-winning Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate Program has been fully approved by the BACB to fulfill the specific coursework requirements necessary to become eligible for taking the BCBA exam. In fact, based on recent data published by the BACB, UMass Lowell has one of the highest BCBA exam pass rates nationally for online graduate programs in behavior analysis.
Students are not only prepared to take the BACB certification exam - they also attain the knowledge necessary for practica and field experiences using behavior analysis. UMass Lowell's online courses are highly interactive with lots of exercises, assessments, discussions, and feedback with plenty of opportunities for in-depth interaction with the instructors. Since 2005, over 600 students have completed UMass Lowell's program, have successfully passed the exam, and have found meaningful employment in a variety of agencies all over the world.
Note: You do not have to be accepted into the certificate program prior to registering for your first course. However, students pursuing BACB certification need to apply for the certificate before taking their 3rd course.
For information regarding additional graduate autism programs offered by UMass Lowell, please visit https://continuinged.uml.edu/online/autism_programs.cfm
Students wishing to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the BACB, must apply for and be accepted into the Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate Program and successfully complete the indicated coursework. In addition to the coursework requirements, BACB has other requirements to sit for their BCBA Certification Exam. Please check the BACB website regularly as their requirements change periodically.
For more information on the Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate with BCBA Coursework Preparation, call 978-934-2240 or email AutismCertificate@uml.edu.
- Required Courses: 6
Students wishing to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through the BACB must apply for and be accepted into the Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate Program and successfully complete the indicated coursework.
Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs through UMass Lowell must complete all courses indicated in the curriculum outline. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace by registering for and successfully completing one or more courses each semester, depending upon his/her personal time constraints. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no more than one course grade below B to receive the certificate.
Online courses meet 10 to 14 weeks each semester during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters (see Academic Calendar for details). Online students generally log into their online course website one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. Online students should expect to spend 6 to 10 hours per week engaged in course-related activities for each course. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page .
Graduate certificate courses must be completed within a five year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and with no more than one course with a grade below B. Once all the courses for a graduate certificate have been completed, students must complete and submit the "Graduate Certificate Clearance Form" which may be downloaded from the UMass Lowell Solution Center website. Please submit your completed form to: UMass Lowell Registrar's Office at 220 Pawtucket, Lowell, MA 01854-5129. Forms may also be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.
At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.
This course provides an introduction to the causes and diagnosis of autism, scientific validation, applied behavior analysis, and ethical treatment. Students also learn to write functional objectives, plan positive reinforcement, and design an applied measurement system in the context of developing Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Education plans. The issue of culturally appropriate interventions is addressed Prerequisite: coursework in the psychology of child development, or permission. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: coursework in the psychology of child development, or permission. CSCE Graduate Restrictions.
This course covers the application of specific behavioral teaching procedures, including prompting, reinforcement, shaping, chaining, error correction and generalization methods, and the development of instructional plans. Emphasis is placed on procedures and plans to teach communication, social, self-help and per-academic skills. Application of such methods in inclusive classroom settings is also considered. 3 credits.
PSYC.5610 Pre or Co-req
This course provides advanced coverage of measurement methods used in behavioral intervention. It also offers in-depth coverage of the "within-subject" experimental designs commonly used in behavioral research and practice. Component analysis and parametric analysis methods, and ethical considerations in research, are also covered. 3 credits.
PSYC.5610 Pre or Co-req
This course covers the purpose, rationale and methods used in conducting and interpreting functional analyses of challenging, or "maladaptive", behaviors (self-injury, stereotypy, aggression). It also describes the full range of behavioral procedures used to decrease or eliminate these behaviors, with emphasis placed on ethical interventions and the desirability of least restrictive and non-aversive strategies. 3 credits. May be used towards UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism.
This course explores how educational environments can be designed to maximize learning. Different models of effective, evidence-based behavioral intervenions are analyzed. The use of teaching activity schedules and staff training to build supportive educational settings is also covered. 3 credits.
This course will explore the legal and ethical issues facing professionals working with individuals diagnosed with disabilities, particularly those on the autism spectrum. The goal is to provide behavior analysts and other professionals the opportunity to develop skills in dealing with the complex legal and ethical issues that arise when working in human service fields.
ASPP 5650 or ASPP 5660 Pre-req
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Tuition for UMass Lowell Online and Continuing Education students is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.
|Per credit-contact hr.|
|Undergraduate Face-to-Face Courses and Audit||$340.00|
|Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online courses and Audit)||$380.00|
|Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit||$385.00|
|Graduate Online, On-Campus, and Off-Campus Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Online, MBA in Haverhill, MSIT, Masters in Engineering Management, and Education Courses)||$575.00|
|Graduate Education Courses||$470.00||MSIT and Masters in Engineering Management** Online Courses||$590.00|
|Manning School of Business* Graduate Online Courses||$655.00|
|MBA Graduate Courses in Haverhill||$835.00|
|Registration Fee per Term (non-refundable)||$30.00|
|Late Fee for Non Payment||$50.00|
|Fee for Undergraduate Degree Application||$60.00|
for up-to-date pricing information or refer to the Online & Continuing Education Course Bulletin that is published each semester.
The total cost for required textbooks for students accepted into this program will be $600-$800 (depending on whether you buy books new or used). In addition, students will need to purchase a license for access to a video library and a digital textbook for a one-time fee of $100-$200. We also encourage all students who plan to take the BCaBA exam to purchase a license for a set of learning modules that will help students not only do well in our courses but also prepare for the BCaBA exam. This license provides continued access to the modules until students pass the exam. The cost for this license is $300-$500, depending on the length of the license.
Please note: Most of these costs will be incurred up front, when students enroll in their first course. Students will, however, continue to use the basic textbook, the digital textbook and the modules in all subsequent courses as they progress through the program.
You may take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet the particular course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.
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UMass Lowell Graduate Certificate Programs provide knowledge and expertise that are vital in today's rapidly changing workplace. In many cases, graduate certificate courses may be applied toward a master's degree at UMass Lowell. Most graduate certificates consist of four courses, for a total of 12 graduate credits. This is a great way to earn a graduate-level credential on the way to earning your master's.
Holders of an appropriate bachelor's degree
Application Fee is $50.00 for all applicants. NO Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs. Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Students who complete a graduate certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better in a UMass Lowell graduate certificate program may be able to waive the GRE when applying to a related master's degree. Graduate Certificate Programs must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and with not more than one course with a grade below B. Courses completed for one certificate may not be used for other certificates. Once you have completed all of the courses required for your certificate, please complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form.
Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before they have formally applied into the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Please see our How to Apply tab for additional information and contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.
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