“The ABA program has helped me develop the ability to think more critically. You’re thinking more in the field, and not just about hypothetical scenarios. You’re able to actually apply what you learn.”
Miranda completed her BA and MS degrees simultaneously, taking graduate courses while she finished her undergraduate degree. As a behavior therapist at Multicultural Community Services, she applies her advanced training to make a positive difference in her clients’ lives.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a leading science in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior and skill deficits for individuals with and without disabilities. This 36 credit Master’s program will teach students how to work with children and adults with behavior problems or skill deficits.
In fall 2018, the ABA course sequence at Elms was approved for the fifth edition task list by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Working from the latest BACB content guidelines, our faculty updated the curriculum of five different courses, and created two brand new courses as well. ABA students now have more opportunities to conduct research during their second year of study. They also have the option to take additional courses focusing on different applications of behavior analysis.
Principles and Science behind ABA
Understanding and conducting research as a scientist-practitioner
Assessment of behavior concerns
Treatment of behavior concerns
Classroom applications of ABA
University Approved Practicum
Elms College offers University Approved Practicum for students enrolled in the MS in ABA program.
Certification and Licensing
Upon completion students will be eligible to pursue certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and licensing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with other eligibility requirements. University Approved Practicum courses are offered for students in the MS in ABA Program.
“If anyone has the chance to participate in graduate research, I think that’s an opportunity they should jump on. It gives you such valuable perspective. When I had the chance to work with Dr. Hanratty, I loved it. It inspired me to continue on for my Ph.D.”