Behavioral Assistant Program

The Behavioral Assistant Program is a two-semester, 2-credit opportunity offered through school district partnerships with Rutgers Collaborative Center. Rutgers undergraduates work as part of a team under the supervision of professional special education staff, psychologists, and teachers to support K-12 students on the autism spectrum. Undergraduate classroom involvement includes observation and data collection.

  • Learn about and implement Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide classroom support to K-12 students and teachers. 

  • Participate in K-12 classrooms approximately three hours per week.

  • Attend scheduled meetings of a recitation course (01:090:298) to communicate and share progress and challenges in your assigned classroom.  Read more about the program here.


What do I need to do?


  • Complete the application and an interview with a Collaborative Program Coordinator.  Apply here. You will need a permission number to register.

  • Expect to complete a background check required by the New Jersey Department of Education for anyone working in public schools; complete this step as soon as possible. 

Why a two-semester commitment?

Because stability is so important to the children involved, we ask that you make a two-semester commitment for a total of 2 credits. If you are considering a career in education, social work, psychology, public health, planning or public policy, among others, you will benefit from real-world experience while you are a student.


Rutgers Collaborative Center

640 Bartholomew Road

Busch Campus

Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

United States

T (848) 932 8660

F (732) 445 4231


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