Students now have the choice of completing the program either on campus or online, according to Dr. Dena Matzenbacher, head of the McNeese Department of Psychology. The program is nationally accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International and has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
“The courses offered online will be identical to the courses offered in a classroom setting and taught by qualified, doctoral-level faculty. Students can take courses in either format to complete their degree,” said Matzenbacher.
“The program prepares graduate students to practice in community and educational settings as applied behavior analysts,” she explained. “The training emphasizes the development of both assessment and intervention skills.”
She said the program “provides the academic training and supervised experience necessary for graduates to apply for national certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).”
Students complete 24 credit hours of core psychology classes and 31 credit hours of ABA concentration classes and internships for a total of 55 credit hours.
A Graduate Certificate in applied behavior analysis is also available online for students who have previously completed a master’s degree and are interested in adding the BCBA credential. Students will complete 40 credit hours that include a reduced number of core psychology classes and 28 credit hours of ABA concentration classes and internships.
The psychology program is now accepting applications and classes begin Aug. 22. In order to be admitted to the graduate program, an applicant must be admitted to the Doré School of Graduate Studies. For more information on graduate admission requirements, visit www.mcneese.edu/psychology/applied_behavior_analysis