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Georgian Court’s M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis Addresses Growing Need

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012—Georgian Court University’s new master’s program in applied behavior analysis is succeeding in meeting the needs of students and families struggling with autism as well the school districts and other institutions that serve those with autism spectrum disorders.

The GCU Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, which launched in the fall of 2011, is a 39-credit program that focuses on helping those who demonstrate developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, which affect about 1 in 94 children in New Jersey alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nationally, about 1 in 110 children are affected.

“There’s clearly a need in the schools, which are in a difficult place right now,” says Stephen M. Levine, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the ABA programs. “What we’re offering really appeals to teachers, school psychologists, school social workers, speech therapists, licensed practical counselors, learning disabilities teacher consultants and anyone who works with those who are behaviorally or cognitively challenged.”

The master’s degree program, which officially enrolled its first students last fall, is an extension of the undergraduate track in applied behavior analysis that launched last year. An additional cohort of students who already hold a master’s degree has been added for Spring 2012. Applied behavior analysis classes are offered in the GCU Department of Psychology along with courses in the teaching of children within the autism spectrum offered by the GCU School of Education. A yearlong internship also is required, and those who complete the master’s degree program may qualify to take the certification examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.

“Ultimately, our goal is help every child grow into as complete and as normal a life as possible,” says Dr. Levine. “There is a growing need for board-certified professionals in behavior analysis who can work or consult in schools, early intervention programs, day programs, residential settings, and home-based programs,” he says. “The career options are limitless.”

More about GCU’s M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis is available online at www.georgian.edu/psychology/ma_aba.htm. For enrollment information, please call 732.987.2770 or e-mail admissions@georgian.edu.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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