SJU Launches BACB-Certified Online Autism Studies Certificate

Friday, December 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 21, 2012)- The College of Professional and Liberal Studies at Saint Joseph’s University is addressing the rapidly growing need for certified, educated and compassionate professionals to care for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by gaining the approval of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. ® (BACB), for its unique online autism studies certificate and concentration with the Department of Health Services. The BCaBA, or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification, is recognized and accepted all over the world as verification that the holder has achieved a specific level of skills and competency in applied behavior analysis.

“Saint Joseph's University students are going to have a huge advantage over their peers by becoming Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts due to the insights from the program,” said Katharine Croce, director of programs, training and service at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support.

The six courses included in the certificate curriculum prepare students to become Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs), a sought after professional certification for the field. The program requires the completion of five core courses and one elective with a curriculum rich in autism theories, techniques, treatment and therapies. This new online format expands educational advancement to a wider range of busy healthcare professionals and child providers.

“ASD is considered the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the country,” says Michelle Rowe, Ph.D., executive director of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at SJU and Professor of Health Services.  “Saint Joseph’s is committed to empowering the families, caregivers and educators who are on the frontlines.”

With the wealth of resources and information available through SJU’s Kinney Center, students receive advanced skill development and education to address the unique needs of those with autism spectrum disorder.

Learn more about the autism studies certificate or concentration of the online B.S. in Professional and Liberal Studies at Saint Joseph’s visit

About the Kinney Center: With its roots in the Jesuit mission of service and cura personalis, or care for the whole person, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support seeks to address the needs of those who struggle day-to-day with autism, either as individuals or caregivers. The mission of the Kinney Center is to provide multi-disciplinary education and research opportunities for students, teachers, professionals, and parents who seek to improve and extend outcomes, quality of life and best practices in treatment for people with ASD. The Kinney Center offers services, resources, and information; support and guidance; and tools for public and individual advocacy that contribute to improved autism awareness and care.

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As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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