Distance Learning Courses

A group of IDDRC faculty and staff have developed a set of distance learning courses designed to meet the education and training needs of diverse professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents with funding from the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the NICHD .

Courses currently offered through UMass Online include:

For Graduate Students: 

  • Behavioral Intervention in Autism - a six-course graduate-level sequence offered in collaboration with UMass Lowell that meets the educational requirements for Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA). These courses are available for continuing education and can be combined to qualify for university certification in autism via a program that received the prestigious 2008 Sloan Consortium Award as the nation’s “Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program.”  


For Paraprofessionals:

  • Learning ABA - a training program for paraprofessionals in behavioral intervention for the treatment of children on the autism spectrum as they prepare for live training with a mentor. It simulates the one-on-one mentoring process used in effective face-to-face training and allows the paraprofessional to practice intervention skills interactively with an onscreen child.


For Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum:

  • Discovering Behavioral Intervention (DBI):  A Parent's Interactive Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis - for parents of children with autism and the professionals who support them. Created by child development experts and parents, DBI presents ABA in a self-paced, family-friendly format. DBI introduces the language and principles of ABA and features personal stories from trusted parent guides.
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