Nicholls online ABA program recognized

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THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has been ranked in the top 50 for its online master’s Applied Behavior Analysis program by Texas-based disabilities clinic  Action Behavior Centers.

Nicholls offers a masters of education in curriculum and instruction with a high incidence disabilities concentration with an ABA option. The masters program aims to prepare educators to implement intervention strategies to reach students with autism spectrum disorder and other learning challenges. The ABA option prepares students to become licensed behavior analysts in Louisiana as well as achieve national certification.

“This distinction identifies our program as a leader in training professionals in the field of applied behavior analysis, and specifically in the application of ABA to teaching,” said Dr. Laura Darcy, assistant professor of teacher education. “Our program is a unique opportunity for candidates to engage in experiential learning and applied research, while further honing their skills as educators.”

Nicholls’ program is only one of two in the world to offer certifications through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling Board, which are internationally recognized certifications.

The need for professionals in this field is increasing as more and more children are diagnosed. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism spectrum disorder is on the rise, with 1 in 59 children born in 2006 having been identified compared to 1 in 88 for children born in the year 2000 or 1 in 150 for children born in 1992.

Founded in Austin, Texas, Action Behavior Centers provides ABA therapy to children on the autism spectrum. Through their work with ABA therapy, the center has helped non-verbal children speak, those without social skills interact with others, those with aggression eliminate their problem behaviors and so much more.


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