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New Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Long Island University at Riverhead Trains Teachers to Meet Growing Need


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

Riverhead, N.Y. - In response to the growing need for educators to work with individuals with developmental disabilities on the East End of Long Island, Long Island University at Riverhead has introduced a new Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Graduates will be prepared to work with a diverse school population as well as with learners in special settings such as home, specialized school and service-based programs or community agencies utilizing empirically supported methodologies.

The advanced certificate program, which consists of 24 credits of course work, will provide special educators at the graduate level with advanced qualifications in Applied Behavior Analysis in addition to meeting the coursework requirements that qualify students to sit for the internationally recognized Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination, as approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® Inc. (BACB®). Courses in the new program will begin on September 2, 2008.

"There is an expressed need for highly qualified Applied Behavior Analysts to work with individuals with developmental disabilities, particularly in less-populated settings, like the East End of Long Island," said Sanja Cale, Ph.D., assistant professor of education at Riverhead. "Our goal is to prepare educators to effectively teach students with disabilities in our schools, homes and community facilities. Students are required to complete 225 hours of graduate coursework to earn the Advanced Certificate. Additionally, 750 hours of optional supervised field work experience in Applied Behavior Analysis will be offered. The curriculum will cover basic behavior analytic principles, the application of behavior analytic principles, issues related to ethical/professional standards, as well as additional hours in application of behavioral principles to specific populations (e.g. Autism, Down Syndrome, Mental Retardation). The coursework, in addition to 750 hours of supervised or mentored experience working with students with special needs, is required to qualify for taking the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. examination.

A new course, EDU 667 Autism, has been developed specifically for this program. Other courses include Research in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Educational Interventions for Young Students with Disabilities and Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. All courses have been approved by the faculty of the Master of Science program, Teaching Students with Disabilities as well as the BACB®.

Long Island University at Riverhead is located on Suffolk County Community College's Eastern Campus in Riverhead. The address is 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road - LIU Building. For directions and information call (631) 287-8010, visit, or e-mail

Posted 07/03/2008

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