Department of Applied Behavior Analysis
Caldwell University’s Post-Master’s, Master of Arts (MA), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) graduate programs provide students with the skills and experience to become leaders in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Both the MA and Ph.D. ABA programs are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Caldwell University is one of only seven universities in the world to have both programs accredited.
Caldwell University Center for Autism
What sets Caldwell’s Applied Behavior Analysis program apart is the Caldwell University Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Situated on our campus, the Center provides assessment and intervention services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Led by a team of Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA-Ds), who also instruct our courses, the Center serves as a central component for clinical training that fulfills the supervision and field work required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Graduate students have the valuable opportunity to take practicum at the Center, learning skills in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ASD.
Through coursework, participation in applied and research practica, and completion of an empirical thesis or dissertation, students develop a strong foundation in the science of behavior analysis to explain behavior and to apply these basic principles to improve individual and social conditions. These programs meet all education and experience requirements to prepare each graduate for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Programs of Study
- Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis
- M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Combined B.S. in Psychology / M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Post-Master Non-Degree Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Administration for Behavior Analysts
- Undergraduate Internship in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Undergraduate Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Our vision is that the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis be a department with a diverse faculty and student body that promotes an inclusive and equitable environment for all members. Our department will prepare professionals who continuously work toward attaining an objective view of their own learning history and acknowledge the impact of the learning histories of other people so that they can establish mutually beneficial relationships with clients, colleagues, and the community at large.
Our mission is to foster a department in which all people are recognized and genuinely appreciated for their differences, including but not limited to age, cultural heritage, ethnicity, gender orientation, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, varied abilities, and veteran status. We seek to promote equal access to opportunities and resources for students as well as cultivating a safe, respectful, inclusive, and equitable environment in which all people are encouraged to freely express their opinions and ideas. We aim to ensure that students receive a variety of experiences by way of coursework and additional learning opportunities with the aim of producing well-rounded, culturally humble behavior analysts. We acknowledge the land on which Caldwell University sits and occupies today as the traditional and ancestral home of the Lenape People. We take this opportunity to thank and honor the original caretakers of this land.
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