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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Applications due by 8/1 for Fall semester and 12/1 for Spring semester


The 30-credit Northeastern University Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) degree is offered to post-master’s degree individuals seeking to become a Board Certified Applied Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and to develop a specific area of clinical expertise within applied behavior analysis.

Students initially complete six courses that prepare them to take the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BABC) exam. Specialized clinical expertise is then developed through four three-credit advanced courses that focus on a single area such as Autism, Teaching Technology, and Early Intervention. The courses include an initial foundation course which provides the background for two intervention courses. The sequence is concluded with a capstone course in which the students complete a literature review that explores the research and clinical practices related to a single problem within the area of specialization.

All courses, which are presented in an online or hybrid format, take advantage of technological advances that facilitate student learning. Though project requirements, which are the foundation of the program design, students become competent in using fundamental applied behavioral procedures. An optional structured supervision program, which is available through the Learning Partnership Program, allows students to acquire the supervision hours required to take the BCBA exam.

Applicants must have a master’s degree in psychology, special education, or a related field and experience working with individuals with special needs. It is expected that students will be employed either in an educational or the human services agency concurrent with their enrollment in the program.

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