Applied Behavior Analysis
This program provides a formal background in the theory and practice of
Applied Behavior Analysis. Behavior analysis is used most widely with clinical
populations in the area of developmental disabilities, including but
not limited to clients diagnosed as mentally retarded and/or autistic.
The program requires completion of 18 credits, and is designed so that all
requirements can be met within one calendar year (Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions).
The curriculum consists of 9 credits in basic courses in behavior analysis, 6
credits in advanced courses, and 3 practicum credits.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the following
course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet
additional requirements to qualify.
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The certificate program consists of the following M.A. courses:
PSYCHOLOGY 607 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY I
The treatment of problems in the design and execution of single-case research is emphasized
in this course.It includes a consideration of controls, drawing inferences, and research
techniques in both experimental and applied behavior analysis. Data presentation methods
including including the use of Microsoft Excel will be discussed.
PSYCHOLOGY 651 BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND LEARNING
This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of conditioning and learning
including reinforcemnt theory, stimulus control, and aversive control. In addition, it
will introduce students to the history and philosophy of Behavior Analysis. The major
focus will be on the basic underlying principles and current research.
PSYCHOLOGY 657 APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
This course involves an examination of the theory and practice underlying the application
of the principles of classical and operant conditioning to the analysis and treatment
of problems in human behavior.
PSYCHOLOGY 658 PRACTICUM IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Students will work in the field under the supervision of a qualified behavior analyst
in a setting of their choice. The time period will vary between six weeks (summer) or
fourteen weeks (fall or spring term). Practicum settings include, but are not limited
to, agencies serving people with developmental disabilities, consulting firms, research
facilities, and schools.
PSYCHOLOGY 704 ADVANCED ISSUES I: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
An advanced treatment of current issues in behavior analysis dealing with methods,
ethics, and research with specific clinical applications such as performance enhancement
in organized settings.
PSCYHOLOGY 705 ADVANCED ISSUES II: DEVELOPMENT OF BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
The focus of this course is on integrating the components of behavioral programming in
applied settings. Students will conduct a functional assessment and analysis, create
behavioral objectives, design intervention procedures and evaluation procedures. The final
project will require a written document intergrating all components of the intevention
and evaluation program.