Students studying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) learn to effect socially significant behavioral changes in individuals with developmental disabilities, those in regular educational settings, and those who wish to improve performance or master skills in a variety of ways. Using a natural science approach, ABA professionals systematically collect and analyze data to validate incremental changes in observable behavior.
Students in the online ABA master's program gain experience and exposure in a wide variety of ABA applications and specialties, including instructional design, precision teaching, and verbal behavior. Our program is unique in that students receive a solid foundation in the principles of clinical psychology, in addition to thorough training in ABA techniques—preparing them to work with a range of populations in both clinical and business/industry settings. Opportunities to gain real-world experience provide graduates with valuable skills to take with them into the work force.
The Advanced Applied Project allows a student to demonstrate a level of competency that is necessary to be a successful professional applied Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The thesis option, the Advanced Research Project is targeted for individuals who are interested in conducting experimental research and pursing a doctoral degree.
The ABA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and graduates are eligible to sit for national certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Graduates are eligible to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analysts ® (BCBA).
The training experience requires a minimum of 1,000 hours over a minimum of 12 months of on-site supervised training, including at least one hour of individual supervision per week.
Advanced Intervention: Behavioral
This course is designed to introduce clinical behavior analysis, particularly for adults. It provides an overview of contemporary behavioral models and therapy techniques. It presents major behavioral modalities and their theoretical and research foundations. The emphasis is on the further development of a broad range of behavioral assessment, intervention, and conceptualization skills. A major focus is the proficiency in two full regimens of contemporary empirically supported manualized behavior therapy.
Science and Human Behavior
This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the application of behavior analysis to individual and social problems, with an emphasis on the philosophical bases of behavior analysis. Students read Skinner’s seminal text, Science and Human Behavior, in which he describes behavioral and cultural analyses, as well as critiques and related articles. The major objective of the class includes understanding and critiquing Skinner’s approach to the study and control of individual and group behavior. Topics include discussing individual behavior that seems difficult to study with a behavior-analytic approach (e.g., private events) as well as control of group behavior and the problems associated with such control. Students will be able to discuss the pros and cons of Skinner’s perspective, identify the aspects of his beliefs with which they agree or disagree, and explain their own perspectives.
Diversity in Clinical Practice
This course will encourage students to think critically about diverse peoples, as well as to examine their own thoughts about cultural groups different than their own. The course will examine cultural diversity using a radical behaviorist/cultural-materialist perspective. Students will use this approach to try to understand how racism, sexism, ageism, discrimination based on disability, sexual preference, religion, and behavioral/psychiatric problems could have developed/evolved, as well as to become aware of their own biases and how they may have evolved. The goals of this class are to demonstrate that such biases exist in everyone and to teach students to identify and judge their own biases so that they do not interfere with effective treatment of individuals.
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