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Applied Behavior Analysis

This completely online certificate program is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Behavior analysts provide services to individuals, families, group homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospitals, industrial and business settings, and other agencies working with individuals who require intensive behavioral training and/or consultation. Special populations such as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities have been shown to benefit greatly from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. ABA is also frequently used in the field of education for both neuro-typical students and students with disabilities.

Dual Language

The local Dual Language Certificate issued by the School of Education is designed for educators to meet the growing needs of dual and multilingual education at local, national and international levels.  The certificate program examines a variety of school-based models to offer candidates, teachers and school administrators an opportunity to better understand the theoretical principles, research, and instructional practices of teaching and learning in dual language immersion settings.

Leadership in Middle Level Education

The Certificate for Advanced Study in Leadership in Middle Level Education allows teachers to deepen their knowledge about the unique needs of young adolescents as well best practices in developmentally responsive middle schools. Holders of the Certificate will understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to young adolescent development, and use that knowledge in their practice. By analyzing the philosophical foundations of developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools, and candidates learn to work successfully within middle level organizational components. The purpose of the Certificate is to help educators enhance their complex roles as educators of young adolescents.

Multicultural Specialist

The Multicultural Specialist Certificate prepares educators to take on leadership roles for social change.  Areas of focus include:  multicultural curriculum development; differentiated instruction for English learners, culturally and linguistically diverse students and students with special needs; and working collaboratively with families and communities.  Graduate units can be applied toward a master's degree at CSUSM.