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New Optional Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Northeastern University’s School Psychology MS/CAGS and PhD Programs are now offering an optional concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

To improve school psychologists’ ability to address the learning and behavioral needs of children and adolescents with challenging behaviors in school, home and community settings, including children with autism spectrum disorders, Northeastern University has embedded an optional concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) into the school psychology MS/CAGS and PhD programs. This optional sequence of training is designed for graduate students who are already in the School Psychology MS/CAGS and PhD programs. Coursework from Northeastern’s Certificate Program in ABA is embedded into the existing school psychology curricula. The ABA course content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List and prepares students to take the BACB exam. The optional concentration involves 6 courses, 3 of which are already part of the regular school psychology curriculum. The optional concentration adds a total of 6 semester hours to students’ programs of study.

  • CAEP 6327 Behavior Assessment
  • CAEP 6328 Research Design and Methods
  • CAEP 6336 Systematic Inquiry in Applied Research
  • CAEP 6206 Learning Principles*
  • CAEP 6347 Behavior Management*
  • CAEP 6365 Seminar in School Psychology*

*courses are part of the regular school psychology curriculum

Fieldwork requirements:

Students must complete 750 hours of intensive practicum (with 3 hours/week of supervision) after successful completion of coursework. Supervision must be provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 

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