Autism Concentration - General Studies BLS

Format Offered: On Campus or Online

Providing personal or professional support to an individual that has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) requires the understanding of innovative approaches. Now, more than ever, there is a demand for graduates with an expertise in autism to assist this growing population. The Autism Studies concentration offers coursework for students and current professionals in the field to help individuals on the spectrum succeed in their lives.  In addition to practitioners, the program can be helpful for parents, educational support personnel, and involved community members who want to learn more about Autism. 

The Autism Studies concentration offers introduction to autism theories, techniques, treatment and therapies (learned within 5 theoretical courses) and 3 Practicum (field experience) courses offered online as part of the curriculum. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has approved this eight course sequence as meeting the coursework and the field experience requirements for taking the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Examination. Once this Bachelor's degree is earned, the graduate has fulfilled all of the BACB requirements and may sit for the certification exam. These courses are offered in a convenient online format for Professional and Liberal Studies students. 

To learn more, visit the Kinney Center  for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University,  

Over 86% of Saint Joseph’s University Professional and Liberal Studies and Haub Degree Completion Graduates were employed full-time at the date of graduation. Whereas, 3% of the Professional and Liberal Studies class of 2017 have chosen to further their education by attending graduate school on a full-time basis while 6% have decided to delay their job search.  


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