Educational Psychology

Program Highlights

The Educational Psychology programs at USM offer graduate level training to prepare students for future careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). BCBAs provide systematic, evidence-based services to address clients’ challenging behaviors and promote socially important skill acquisition. Graduates will be prepared to:

  • conduct behavioral assessments
  • design, implement, and evaluate behavior analytic interventions
  • provide behavior analytic training, consultation, and supervision

Program overview brochure (PDF)

Program Highlights

  • Out of state students receive an e-tuition rate which is only slightly higher than in-state tuition.
  • Courses are available fully online (synchronously) or in person.
  • The curriculum emphasizes the principles of learning and the applications of evidence-based behavioral strategies to promote academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success for all learners.
  • Both programs include a series of courses verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to meet the educational requirements for BCBA certification.  Graduates will need to complete 1,500 hours of BACB approved supervised practice and pass the national certification exam.

M.S. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in ABA

  • includes 12 courses (36 credits) that emphasize 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 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. It takes two years to complete the program on a full-basis.

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA)

  • includes eight courses (24 credits) that address the foundational knowledge and skills required to provide effective behavior analytic services. The certificate is an option only for individuals who have a prior master’s degree in behavior analysis, education, or psychology. Coursework may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Both programs

  • include a sequence of courses verified by the BACB to meet the educational requirements for BCBA certification. Completion of these educational requirements constitutes only partial fulfillment of the credentialing requirements. Eligibility for the BCBA credential also requires 1500 hours of supervised independent fieldwork and a passing score on the national certification examination. Supervised experiences may be completed concurrent with coursework, but must be arranged independent of the University. Information about the BCBA credentialing requirements may be obtained from bacb.com.