Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate: Responding to the Growing need for ASD Support

Beginning in the fall 2019 semester, The University of Scranton will offer a post-graduate Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. Applications are currently being accepted for the 18-credit program for professionals working in psychology, education, child care, occupational therapy, speech and language disorders, and counseling. The program will prepare students to meet the requirements needed to take the Behavior Analysis Certification Board examination. The course work is currently under review by the Association of Applied Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI).

According to the CDC, the estimated prevalence of children who live with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one in fifty-nine. In response to this increased need, a multi-year, multi-million regional initiative, announced by AllOne Foundation in 2018, intends to enhance the service delivery system for individuals with ASD and their families living in 13 counties in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania. The University will serve as the executive hub of five Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence.

The University’s hub will be a family friendly place for information and referral. The hub also has three state-of-the-art assessment labs to aide in education and training of the graduate students, as well as for evaluation purposes.

“The University is committed to working with the AllOne Foundation and community partners in building a community of care for children with ASD and their families by offering family friendly hubs for information and referral, identifying gaps in services, and increasing the number of skilled professionals through the Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program who can offer proven evidence-based interventions,” said Debra A. Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies.

Applicants to the post-graduate program must meet master degree, G.P.A. and other requirements for admittance.

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