New Online Master’s Program in Applied Behavior Analysis for Educators and Clinicians Working with Children with Autism


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – This fall, Purdue will offer a new online master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis, which is used to increase skills or decrease unwanted behaviors most often in children with autism.

The program is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the science of behavior analysis, as well as people who work in schools, clinics, and medical fields. Applications for the inaugural class are accepted until Sunday, July 15. More information is available in line.

The Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis can be earned entirely online in as little as four semesters with instruction from Purdue Autism Cluster faculty. The supervised internship experience will align directly with coursework, and students will have the opportunity to interact with interdisciplinary scholars collaborating to understand, assess, and treat people with autism.

Course opportunities will include:

– Work with autistic people in different contexts.

– Work with people with and without disabilities who adopt difficult behaviors or who need to increase their skills.

– Consult with teachers and school systems to create positive behavior support systems.

– Train parents and collaborate with health professionals.

The program also allows for an optional crash course for students to become board-certified behavior analysts. For more information about the program, contact Rose Mason, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at College of Education and member of the Purdue Autism Cluster, at [email protected], or Mandy Rispoli, associate professor of special education at the College of Education, at [email protected] For more information about applying and registering, contact [email protected]

Additionally, the Purdue Autism Cluster will host the Purdue Autism Research Conference on October 18, with the theme “Measuring and Predicting Change in Autism.” Researchers, students, and community members will learn about current research in various fields related to autism, ranging from basic to applied sciences. Keynote speakers include David Amaral from the MIND Institute and Connie Kasari from UCLA. The event is open to the public and registration is required. More information is available in line.

Writer: Kelsey Schnieders Lefever, [email protected]

Media contacts: Brian Huchel, 765-494-2084, [email protected]

Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, [email protected]

Sources: Rose Mason, [email protected]

Mandy Rispoli, [email protected]


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