Academic Program Proposal

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MHEC Final
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Mount St. Mary's University
Proposal
Master of Science (M.S.)Applied Behavior Analysis8/22/2020Recommended11/2/2020
Applied Behavior Analysis Program Description
The new Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.S. in ABA) will be an inter-disciplinary degree housed jointly between the Department of Psychology in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics and the School of Education. This new program aligns with the growing demand for skilled professionals in Education and the health professions.&nbsp; <br> <br>Behavior analysts provide a therapeutic environment for individuals struggling to control their behavior. In addition to providing direct, therapeutic intervention to a child, adolescent or adult, behavior analysts also train parents, teachers, and other professionals on how to implement support plans for challenging behaviors.&nbsp; Behavior analysts are critical allied health professionals in the search for deeper understanding of mental health and behavioral patterns. Behavior analysts typically work with individuals whose disability is comprised of a complex constellation of symptoms including delays/disorders in executive function, self- <br>regulation, anger management, problem-solving, expressive and reception language, and pragmatics. More specifically, BCBAs work with children and adults diagnosed with autism and emotional/behavioral disorder. The coursework offers the essential coursework towards board certification. <br> <br>