In response to the increase in the incidence of autism, Elms College created one of the first master of science programs in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the nation, and the first in New England. Our degree is unique. Rather than being a degree only in applied behavior analysis, our program has a broader focus. The curriculum includes the Behavior Analyst Certification Board course sequence, and emphasizes the communication aspects of ASD. Our evening and weekend course schedule is tailored to meet the needs of your busy life.
Elms College is the only college in the nation to offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Autism Spectrum Disorders. If you already have your master's degree, the CAGS is a great way to earn post-master's credit that may be required for you to receive salary increases, fulfill continuing education course requirements for licensure or certification, stay current in your rapidly changing profession, develop new skills, and expand your knowledge in a specific area of professional interest. The courses are scheduled during evenings and weekends for your convenience.
Elms College offers one of only two Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Communication Sciences and Disorders offered in New England. Our flexible 30-credit CAGS in CSD program offers you an opportunity to enroll in cutting edge, one and two day courses with a practical focus. This program can enhance your skills if you are a speech-language pathologist or in a related profession. You can focus on the needs of your work by choosing one of the following areas of concentration: autism spectrum disorders, child disorders, or literacy and literacy disorders.
Our new Certificate in Asperger's Studies is a minimum 12 credit postgraduate certificate. The courses you will take will prepare you to work with individuals with Asperger's on the three core deficit areas: social skills, executive function, and theory of mind. If you already work with individuals with Asperger's, our courses will enhance your practice.
We are a Catholic liberal arts college founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts.