For practitioners in the field who are seeking to enhance their skills through specific certificate programs in ABA, Autism, or Environment-Based Learning.
Mary Baldwin University is pleased to offer coursework in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA examines the principles of learning and behavior and explores their effective use in applied settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health settings, and in business. Individuals with training in ABA often go into professions where they support the behavioral needs of a variety of individuals. Specific clients who may utilize ABA services include, but are not limited to: individuals with developmental disabilities, children or adults in school or home settings with behavior difficulties, institutions that serve those in need of behavioral intervention, and businesses seeking the enhancement of productivity through strategic organizational management planning.
The ABA program at Mary Baldwin University prepares students with the academic instruction required to be eligible to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination® and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination® and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.*
Students planning to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination® must take the four courses listed below:
- PSYC 513 Basic Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 graduate semester hours) – this course is a prerequisite for ED 592, 593, and 594 (offered every fall semester). This course may also be taken at the undergraduate level as PSYC 313 for students who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree or do not plan to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.
- ED 592 Behavior Analysis: Measurement and Assessment (3 graduate semester hours)
- ED 593 Ethics and Special Considerations in Behavior Analysis (3 graduate semester hours)
- ED 594 Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change and Change Procedures (3 graduate semester hours)
- Students planning to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® must also take the following (in addition to the above four courses):
- ED 595 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 graduate semester hours)
- ED 596 Societal Considerations for Behavior Analysis (3 graduate semester hours)
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and new students from the community are eligible to take the above sequence of courses. (Note: Undergraduate students will require permission from the psychology department to register for this series of graduate coursework).
Current and prospective students, please contact Dr. Jenna Holt at email@example.com with questions or to request enrollment and application information.
For questions regarding the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® and policies related to eligibility to take Board examinations, please go to www.bacb.com.
*Additional requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination® include an undergraduate or graduate degree in an approved field and supervised fieldwork. Additional requirements to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® include a graduate degree in an approved field and supervised fieldwork. Fieldwork is not required as part of the MEd program and must be obtained independently of the program. The program will assist in locating options for such supervision. Supervised fieldwork, according to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® may not begin until the first course in the approved sequence (PSYC 513) has been started. Please see the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® website at www.bacb.com for further detail about degree and fieldwork requirements.
One of the greatest challenges schools and caregivers face today is the sharp rise in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Mary Baldwin University is helping to provide educators — and others seeking employment in any human services field — with comprehensive training and experiences in the field of ASD. Approved by the Virginia Autism Council, Mary Baldwin University’s Comprehensive Certificate in the Area of Autism Spectrum Disorders will help those professionals work with and provide support to individuals with ASD in schools and in the greater community.
The program is designed to meet the needs of teachers, paraeducators, social workers, school psychologists, school administrators, in-home service providers, behavior analysts, counselors, law enforcement workers, and parents
Students and community members who are interested in taking the first course, but not interested in completing the full certificate program, are welcome to enroll as special students.
Please note that ED 640 is a pre-requisite course for the other courses in the sequence. ED 641 and ED 642 may be taken in any order. ED 643 is the final course in the certificate program.
All courses are offered at the graduate level; a bachelor’s degree is required. Exceptions, however, may be granted by the director of the program for undergraduate students and community members without four-year degrees on a case-by-case basis.
These courses are all offered in an online format with “real time” webinar-style class meetings.
ED 640 Characteristics and Assessment of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
3sh (graduate) This is the first of four courses in the 12-credit Autism Certificate Program. This course provides an overview of autism and related developmental disabilities across the lifespan, including Asperger’s Syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders. The course will cover assessment, diagnostic criteria and identification, characteristics, collaboration with families, an overview of educational impact and trends, transitioning to adulthood, controversial topics regarding etiology and treatment, and an overview of national and state resources.
ED 641 Communication, Language and Sensory Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders
3sh (graduate) This is the second of four courses in the 12-credit Autism Certificate Program. This course provides students with an overview of typical language acquisition and development as compared with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The course emphasizes the visual aspects of language learning as well as the notion of “communication as behavior” and addresses the role of assistive and augmentative communication technologies to support individuals on the Spectrum. Additionally, this course introduces students to the common sensory integration issues often associated with Autism. The course provides classroom strategies for supporting individualized sensory and communication needs of children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, including an introduction to applied behavioral analysis techniques used for language development and collaboration with families and related service providers, as well as focusing on the importance of teaching skill-generalization across multiple settings and situations.
ED 642 Social Skills Instruction and Behavioral Strategies for Students with ASD
3sh (graduate) This is the third of four courses in the 12-credit Autism Certificate Program. This course provides students with an overview of typical social and behavioral development as compared with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The course emphasizes the role of functional behavior assessments and applied behavioral techniques as related to addressing challenging or inappropriate behaviors that may be exhibited by persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, the course addresses social skill deficits that persons with Autism may have and provides instructional strategies and techniques to address these issues in the classroom using methods that are purposeful and individualized, including the role of peers. This course will focus on collaboration with families and related service providers, as well as the importance of teaching skill-generalization across multiple settings and situations.
ED 643 Practicum Experience: Autism Spectrum Disorders
(70) hours 3sh (graduate) This practicum experience concludes the four-course program for the 12-credit Autism Certificate. It is intended to be a culminating experience so that students have an opportunity to concretely demonstrate skills, techniques, and strategies learned in the previous three courses. This course requires that students complete a practicum experience (minimum of 70 in-class hours) in a setting that serves children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This could include a self-contained setting, and inclusive setting, or a combination of the two; the population served must be between the ages of 2 and 21, inclusive. Students who are teaching in schools will likely be able to use their own classroom setting for this requirement provided that they have regular contract with students who have autism. Students enrolled in the course will meet three times during the semester to process experiences, share ideas, and engage in inquiry-based discussion. This is in addition to ongoing on-line requirements using Blackboard.
Inquiries should be directed to Rachel Potter, 540-887-7134. To register or enroll, please contact Lori Johnson at 540-887-7333.
The best educators are those who can creatively teach core curriculum topics both inside and outside the classroom. By adding EBL credentials to your resumé, you will learn how to use assets within your own community to engage and motivate students to want to learn.
Our 12-credit-hour program is offered to Mary Baldwin undergraduate and graduate students as well available to seasoned educators and others interested in learning from the natural environment.
Required courses are both offered online; elective courses are offered during one-week summer sessions with online follow-up.
IN 626 Environment-Based Learning (3sh)
ED 620 The Outdoor Classroom: EBL Program Development, Implementation, and Development (3sh)
Select two additional courses from the following:
- ED 616 Nature Journaling across the Curriculum
- ED 617 Math in the Garden
- ED 618 Natural Research: Plant and Animal Studies in the Outdoors
- ED 619 Trout in the Classroom
- ED 621 Storytelling: A Pathway to Curriculum Integration
- ED 626 Chesapeake Classrooms
- ED 628 Reading on the River
- ED 629 The Trail to Every Classroom
- IN 605 Inquiry in the Natural Sciences
- IN 634 The Intersection of Life and Land: Issue Driven Investigations
For questions, or to register or enroll, please contact Tamra Willis, associate professor of education and director of the Environment Based-Learning program, at 540-887-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.