Applied Behavior Analysis
We provide our teacher trainees with data-based pedagogical tactics and curricular objectives that are supported by the research literature as the most effective tactics currently available. Teachers are taught to use their continuous measurement and graphic display of their students’ responses to instruction as the means to individualize all pedagogical tactics within classrooms containing students with diverse repertoires. The curricular materials are tied to the National Common Core and New York State Curricular Guidelines and the English Excellence in Education Standards, such that modules within “method” courses incorporate how to teach the objectives found in the state guidelines for children from pre-school through grade 6. The standards are recast and appended according to the research literature as functional repertoires associated with the four major subdivisions of curricula--academic literacy, self-management, problem solving, and an enlarged community of interests (conditioned reinforcers).
Degrees and Certification
This program offers both Masters of Arts (MA—45 credits) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD—75 credits) degrees MA graduates are eligible for advanced CABAS® Board Certification at various levels of competency (Behavior Analyst Teacher I, Behavior Analyst Teacher II, Behavior Analyst Master Teacher). Doctoral students who have completed the teacher ranks are eligible for the CABAS® Advanced Board Certification as Assistant Behavior Analyst, Associate Behavior Analyst, and Senior Behavior Analyst. Research publications and prior achievement of advanced ranks allow post-doctoral graduates of our program to be eligible for Assistant, Associate, and Senior Research Scientist ranks. Completion of the MA program results in Certification by the State of New York and 30 other states as teacher of regular and special education from birth to grade 6.
All MA students MUST complete two years of full-time internship in our CABAS® model Research and Development schools (www.cabasschools.org).
In order to be eligible for hire in our schools, all MA students must obtain New York State Teaching Assistant (Level 1) certification prior to beginning the program. See www.nysed.gov for certification requirements and procedures.
All MA students must meet the liberal arts requirements for NYS teacher certification (by the completion of the program). This necessitates 6 credit hours of science (taught by a science department—social sciences do not count). 6 cr. hrs. of math (taught by a math dept.), 6 cr. hrs. of history/ELA/social studies, and 6 cr. hrs. of a foreign language. AP credits taken during high school or documented demonstration of proficiency (e.g., an exam or CLEP) are also acceptable.
All PhD students are required to have completed our MA core and are required to teach in our schools until they have completed their dissertation.
Please refer to the specific degree guides for more information: