Michigan State University is helping fill the state's shortage of professionals qualified to treat autism.
MSU is offering a new program this fall online, in connection to a special education master's degree.
The program will prepare students to become board-certified behavior analysts.
That training prepares them and certifies them to develop educational and behavioral programs for individuals with autism. That's the reason for developing the program at Michigan State University to meet that need.
About 16,000 students in Michigan have various forms of autism, but only about 50 certified behavior analysts are working with families statewide.