Elms College, in partnership with the River Street Autism Program at Coltsville in Hartford, Connecticut, created one of the first master of science degree programs in autism spectrum disorders in the nation, is the only program in the nation that is housed in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders. At Elms College our program is unique and differs significantly from programs that offer a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.
The BCBA (board certified behavior analyst) course sequence is embedded into our master of science and certificate of advanced graduate study curriculum. Our philosophy and approach to instruction provides students with broad preparation. Students will learn how to intervene appropriately with individuals at various points on the autism spectrum incorporating behavioral principles. In addition to extensive autism content, courses in essential communication disorders information such as social skills theory and intervention, which are necessary for individuals on the spectrum are integrated within the plan of study.
We are a Catholic liberal arts college founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts.