2018-19 Catalogs

Educational Psychology Overview

Program Faculty

Professors: Mark Steege, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D
Assistant Professors: Jamie Pratt, PsyD, BCBA-D; Garry Wickerd, PhD, NCSP, BCBA
Associate Professor Emerita: Rachel Brown, PhD, NCSP
Part-Time Lecturers: Erin Beardsley, PsyD, NCSP, BCBA-D and Alexis Kiburis, PsyD, NCSP

Program Mission

The Educational Psychology program at the University of Southern Maine prepares graduates for careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) in school and behavioral health settings.

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. Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (24 credits)
  2. Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration (36 credits)

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

Both programs of study also include a course sequence verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to meet specific faculty and coursework standards. The BACB credentials professionals as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). To qualify for BCBA certification, individuals must complete approved behavior analytic coursework, obtain an acceptable graduate degree, engage in supervised practice, and pass a national examination.

  • The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program includes the behavior analytic coursework required for BCBA certification and is designed for students who already have an earned graduate degree in applied behavior analysis, psychology, or education.
  • The Master of Science in Educational Psychology program includes the behavior analytic coursework required for BCBA certification and leads to an acceptable graduate degree in educational psychology.
  • 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