ABA & Advanced ABA Non-Degree Seeking Program Curriculm Requirements

ABA Non-Degree Program

Offered through the Center for Psychological Studies and requires 12 graduate credits. The required courses and course descriptions are listed below.

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings.

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of development disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA or BCABA certification. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a job that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in ABA 760 and has similar requirements. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a position that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group format and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors.

Advanced ABA Non-Degree Program

Offered through the Center for Psychological Studies and requires 18 graduate credits. The required courses and course descriptions are listed below.

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings.

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of development disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

Course Description: Applied behavior analysts have a responsibility to the clients they serve, the field of applied behavior analysis and society as a whole to practice ethically and professionally. Applied behavior analysts often work with vulnerable populations and make decisions that can affect clients' treatments, placements and overall quality of life. It is essential that applied behavior analysts are familiar with the guidelines and standards for ethical practice and that they develop the skills to make ethical decisions in applied and complex settings and circumstances.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, the student will:

  • Discuss ethical issues from the perspective of the history of early applications of behavior analysis and psychology.
  • Describe the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct.
  • Summarize the BACB Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and identify violations of these standards and reporting procedures.
  • Describe relevant ethical issues depicted in various professional scenarios and recommend an ethical course of action.
  • Conduct a risk/benefit ratio analysis to ethically design a behavior intervention program.
  • Design competent training programs and supervised work experiences for behavior professionals and family/school/community behavior change agents.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of interventions and make data-based decisions for continuation, modification or termination of treatment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present oneself in a professional manner to the media and utilize social media and networking ethically.

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA or BCABA certification. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a job that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in ABA 760 and has similar requirements. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a position that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group format and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors.

This advanced practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for students seeking their BCBA and will continue the work begun in the previous two practicals. Students must be engaged in a position requiring the application of ABA principles at least 20 hours per week. Supervision will take place weekly or bi-weekly in a group or individual format and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.


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