Educational Psychology

Overview

The Educational Psychology program at the University of Southern Maine prepares professionals to apply the science of psychology to improve educational outcomes for learners of all ages. Graduates of the program pursue careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) in school and behavioral health settings.

Program Mission

The Educational Psychology program emphasizes the principles of learning and the applications of evidence-based behavioral strategies to promote academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success for all learners. The program therefore imparts the knowledge and skills required to (a) conduct behavioral assessments, (b) design interventions that facilitate the acquisition of skills and the reduction of behaviors that interfere with learning, (c) implement and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, and (d) provide behavior analytic consultation and supervision services.

Programs of Study

The USM Educational Psychology program offers two programs of study:

  1. Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration (36 credits)
  2. Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (21 credits)

Both programs of study are offered fully online (synchronous delivery) and on site. Students have the flexibility to attend class sessions on the USM campus or using distance learning technology.

Both programs also include a course sequence verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to align with the Fourth Edition Task List. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board credentials professionals as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). To qualify for BCBA certification, individuals must obtain an approved graduate degree, complete an verified course sequence, engage in supervised practice, and pass a national examination.

  • The master’s degree program fulfills the requirements for an approved graduate degree and an verified course sequence.
  • The certificate program is designed for individuals who possess an approved graduate degree and require only the verified course sequence.
  • Completion of the national examination and supervised practice experiences must be arranged by students independent of the University or Educational Psychology program. Supervised practice experiences may occur concurrent with or upon completion of the coursework.

Additional information about the Behavior Analyst Certification Board standards and certification requirements can be obtained from: http://www.bacb.com/