SCSU program unique in the world

Monday, October 11, 2004

The Department of Educational Leadership and Community Psychology in the SCSU College of Education initiated the world's first behavior analysis online master's program three years ago. Today, 70 students from California and New Jersey to Canada and the United Kingdom are enrolled.

The program has generated interest around the world because students can earn a behavior analysis master's degree – start to finish – without leaving their home communities or jobs.

Program graduates work in such areas as autism, self-injurious behavior, developmental disabilities, fetal alcohol syndrome, staff training and development, gerontology, organizational performance management, behavioral safety, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injury, even animal and pet training. "There is a huge need for well-trained staff" in the discipline, said Dr. Kim Schulze, program coordinator. SCSU has had a traditional behavior analysis program for more than 20 years.

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