The Social and Behavioral Sciences programs are designed for people with a passion for making a difference in the lives of others.
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Kaplan University offers over 180 degree and certificate programs all available to military, veterans, and spouses of active duty members. In addition, several programs have been developed to complement specific military occupations or programs established by the military.
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Dr. Sander began her career with Kaplan University in 1997. She served as a professor and program coordinator for the School of Arts and Sciences, now known as the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
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Millions of Americans find themselves in situations in which they rely upon the services of community organizations, government programs, and skilled professionals.* If you have a desire to help your fellow citizens and a passion to make real differences in their lives, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is a great place to start your training. Programs are designed for people with a passion for driving change and a desire to make a difference in the lives of children, individuals with special needs, and their communities.
The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a wide breadth of graduate and undergraduate academic programs designed to develop professionals and leaders in fields that make a difference in response to human and societal causes, issues, and needs. Our social and behavioral sciences programs can help you bring change to your life and the lives of others.
Our social and behavioral sciences programs include a variety of graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs in psychology, autism, human services, and early childhood education for people interested in helping others. We also offer undergraduate degree programs in communication and liberal arts for those interested in connecting with others or obtaining a versatile degree that meets their educational interests.
Our government’s programs are only as strong as the people who implement them. Kaplan University’s public administration degrees are designed to prepare you for leadership and support positions in government and civil service institutions; vital roles that make a difference at the local, county, state, and federal levels.
The elderly, the underprivileged, and the children of our
communities will always need advocates and leaders to serve them and champion
their causes. Our degrees in human services, early childhood development, and autism spectrum disorders focus
on finding ways to help those in our society whose voices often go unheard.
Our programs are not designed to satisfy Board of
Education criteria for assisting with children and teachers in public schools,
and will not certify you to become a licensed teacher. Check with your local
school district beforehand for specific college education and licensing and
Kaplan University’s psychology programs prepare you to pursue careers in several special needs areas, including child development, applied behavioral analysis, addictions, and industrial/organizational psychology.
The course sequences of our undergraduate emphasis area and graduate specialization in applied behavioral analysis are both approved by The Behavior Analyst Certification Board,® Inc., (BACB®). Upon graduation from the bachelor’s or master’s degree program, and as long as you also meet additional requirements, including degree, field experience, and practicum requirements, you may be able to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. Visit the BACB website for a complete list of requirements and additional information on certification.†
Students who complete the addictions specialization within the master’s degree in psychology program will meet the coursework requirements to take the National Board of Certified Counselors’ Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) certification examination; students who complete the emphasis area within the bachelor’s degree program will meet the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addictions Professionals’ (NCCAP) National Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC), Level I and II certification examinations.‡
We also offer postbaccalaureate, graduate, and postgraduate psychology certificate programs in applied behavioral analysis, addictions, and industrial/organizational psychology. These programs are designed for practicing professionals—or those interested in specialization—who want to gain knowledge and skills to build their careers in the helping professions.
It’s important to understand that the professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. The degree requirements in our programs do not prepare you for licensure. While earning your master’s degree in psychology may qualify you to work in the helping professions, you’ll need a doctorate to become a psychologist and a medical degree to become a psychiatrist. Licensure exams may also be required.
Kaplan University offers single courses to general, non-degree seeking students. You may petition for your completed single courses to count toward your degree or certificate program, should you choose to enroll in a corresponding degree program at Kaplan University.
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At Kaplan University, you'll find the kind of commitment and support you can count on. As a first-term student, you'll work one-on-one with an Education Advisor who will guide you along your degree plan and help you with any academic issues you may encounter. Together you'll build a close relationship that focuses on finding relevant career options and building a personalized degree plan that best suits your ultimate goal.
The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences connects you with an enthusiastic community of students and faculty from every corner of the country. Through interactive webinars, informative speaker series, and a number of social media sites and clubs, you'll have a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow. The atmosphere is always positive, reinforcing, and highly accessible.
Taking the right courses in the right degree program could contribute to your "job marketability" and career success. While no university can guarantee you'll find a job or land a promotion, Kaplan University's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences does offer you a wide choice of relevant academic pathways to help you gain an edge on the competition.
Dr. Carolyn Stevenson has more than 15 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education.
Dr. Cumella holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and a master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology from UNC, Chapel Hill.
Jenn Sumner's dream was to help kids. Today she is working for Head Start.
Kaplan University is a different kind of university offering liberal arts courses to help you learn to effectively express yourself.
* Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Fiscal Year 2013, Budget in Brief: Strengthening Health and Opportunity
for All Americans.
† The BACB preapproves university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs.
‡ Note that additional requirements must also be completed to take the MAC examination, including degree, field experience, and licensure requirements. Refer to www.NBCC.org for full eligibility requirements, including state-specific information.