Autism Spectrum Disorders

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 teach applied behavior analysis, which evidence shows to be effective in treating people with autism.     
  • We offer a C.A.G.S. program for individuals who want to complete BCBA sequence as well as our additional courses but who do not want to earn a second masters.
  • We offer numerous electives in ASD and CSD such as coursework in:
    • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
    • Sensory Integration
    • Executive Function
    • AAC
    • Asperger's
    • Social Skills
  • Our master's degrees and certificates of advanced graduate study include the BCBA six-course sequence. 
  • Students must complete a total of 1,500 hours of practica and sitting for an examination in order to become a BCBA. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, (BACB) Inc., has approved Elms College's six-course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination.

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Contact Us

Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Kathryn James
Chair

413-265-2253
jamesk@elms.edu