MA-ABA program offers classroom experience for students | MSU Today

Spartans will have even more opportunities to gain hands-on experience while training to be behavior analysts through new partnerships with local K-12 school districts.

Collaborations will help Michigan State University graduates MA in Applied Behavior Analysis (MA-ABA) be prepared to fill or create needed positions in schools.

“Unfortunately, many school districts do not have board certified behavior analysts on their staff. As behavioral problems continue to increase in schools, districts should consider hiring people who can meet these challenges, ”said Lauren Snyder, behavior consultant with the Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency. “BCBAs are behavioral experts and, through collaborations with school teams, they are able to design, implement, train and evaluate formal behavioral intervention plans that ultimately , produce long-term positive effects for students and staff. “

CC-RESA is one of the new opportunities, along with other school districts, for MA-ABA students who wish to pursue school-based experiences as part of their required internship. Placement opportunities are available from spring 2022. Previously, MA-ABA only offered work placements in the community, such as in MSU Institute for early learning.