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University of Rochester Offers New Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

The number of children with autism continues to rise with the latest data estimating that one in 88 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder—a 78 percent increase compared to a decade ago. In order to address the learning and behavior of those affected by autism, the University of Rochester′s Warner School of Education, in collaboration with the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, offers a new program and specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

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Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis

Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis are offered through the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, in collaboration with the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of the University of Rochester Medical Center.  They all include a series of required courses referred to as ABA that have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) as meeting the coursework requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) credential. Individuals who hold master's degrees in a BACB®  designated “acceptable” area can take the ABA course sequence as a "stand-alone" non-degree program. Individuals who don’t have a master’s degree in a BCBA® designated acceptable area can opt to complete the master’s in human development program, with a specialization in developmental differences. The ABA coursework, when combined with BACB approved practicum experience, qualifies the successful students to apply to the BACB® to sit for the BCBA® examination.

All ABA students must be aware that the program is currently under review to meet the qualifications as a recognized provider of ABA training.  The NYS law creating the license for ABA has confined it to those who treat persons with autism, autism spectrum disorders, and related disorders, and not any other form of behavior disorder. The identification and treatment of other behavior disorders and conditions must be done by persons licensed in the professions of psychology, medicine, social work, and other mental health professions. Individuals working in salaried positions in schools, including public and private schools, may apply behavior analysis functions with students based on their job description, but this does not apply apart from the school setting, even by such teachers. It could be considered a matter of illegal practice if this were to occur. Please see the full regulations at www.op.nysed.gov/prof/aba/article167.htm.  

The Warner School requires all students enrolled in the ABA programs to take an on-line Child Abuse Prevention Workshop offered through the Genesee Valley BOCES or an equivalent program. This training meets the requirement put forth in Chapter 544 of the Law of 1988. Additional details about this on-line training can be found at www.gvboces.org/files/filesystem/cap%20brochure%20online.pdf.

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Non-degree Program and Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (HA1)

MS program: Human Development including ABA coursework and practicum experience (HA2)