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Information for Master-Level Applicants to GSE

Want to Pursue an Academic/Research Career?

If you want to pursue an academic/research career rather than professional practice you might consider the PhD program offered through the Rutgers University Department of Psychology.

Doing a Master-Level Practicum at the DDDC

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is among the places you should consider if you want to develop a sophisticated grasp of the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching methods for people with autism spectrum disorders. The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center is an on-campus facility that serves children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. We use a broad range of ABA technology to serve those learners and their families. We support Master’s-level students from the Graduate School of Education at the Center every year through the Master’s in Special Education. The DDDC’s clinical faculty members and doctoral-level behavior analysts teach a 6-course sequence in ABA that fulfills the course requirements for a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, and also meets the academic requirements for sitting for the national certification board’s exam. The practicum also provides the opportunity to accrue the hands-on experience for ABA certification.

The training model for Master-level students who work at the DDDC involves primarily hands-on clinical work for two years. You would do some direct work with children, adolescents and adults, and classroom consultation to teachers about challenges in skill acquisition and the reduction of behavior problems. The role is very structured with ample supervision by clinical faculty members Robert LaRue, PhD and Kate Fiske, PhD, both of whom are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Additionally, you would be supervised by the capable behavior analysts who oversee the DDDC classrooms. Your hours with them would count toward the required hours to become board certified yourself, though additional hours will be required beyond the completion of a practicum at the DDDC.

Students who are not yet enrolled in a graduate program and would like to pursue a Masters Degree in Special Education with a Concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis should contact to apply, or call 848 932 3232.


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