ABA Certificate Curriculum

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[accordion clicktoclose=true tag=p][accordion-item title=”PSYC 551 – Behavior Change Systems Seminar – .34 cr. (to be scheduled)” id=PSYC551]*Note: Psyc 551 is required; however no tuition is charged. This 5-hour mini-course focuses on the following behavior change systems: Direct Instruction, Precision Teaching, Personalized Systems of Instruction (PSI) and Augmentative Communication Systems. [/accordion-item][accordion-item title=”PSYC 552 – Behavioral Measurement & Research Methods – 3 cr.” id=PSYC552]Prerequisite: successful completion of 553. This course focuses on measurement, data display, interpretation, and experimental design (primarily single-case studies), and formation and testing of research hypotheses. Students are expected to read professional literature, participate in discussions, conduct literature research, and begin to develop and implement behavioral intervention techniques. This course is open to graduate clinical psychology students and post-graduate students with masters in psychology or education who wish to build their knowledge about behavior analysis and who have completed PSYC 553. It is part of a series of six specialty classes in ABA. Upon successful completion of the entire sequence of six courses and the associated practicum course experience, students are eligible to sit for the examination required for certification in behavior analysis offered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.[/accordion-item][accordion-item title=”PSYC 553 – Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis – 4 cr.” id=PSYC553]This course focuses on concepts and principles that serve as foundational elements of applied behavior analysis (ABA). It also includes philosophical underpinnings and historical perspectives of ABA and the methodology of the science of behavior management. Fundamental behavior analytic terms and vocabulary are presented. Students are expected to read professional literature, participate in discussions, conduct literature research, and begin to learn the application of behavior analysis. This course is open to graduate clinical psychology students and post-graduate students with masters in psychology or education who have an interest in obtaining introductory knowledge about behavior analysis. It is part of a series of six specialty classes in ABA. Upon successful completion of the entire sequence of six courses and the associated practicum course experience, students are eligible to sit for the examination required for certification in behavior analysis offered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.[/accordion-item] [accordion-item title=”PSYC 554 – Behavioral Assessment – 3 cr.” id=PSYC554]Prerequisite: successful completion of 553. This course focuses on assessment techniques used for the purpose of behavioral intervention planning. Topics include evaluating existing data and records, determining the need for behavior-analytic services, and identifying and prioritizing intervention goals. Various assessment methods will be reviewed including skill acquisition/deficit measures, preference assessments, and measurements of behavior problems. Students will learn the common functions of problem behavior and understand how to conduct both a descriptive assessment and functional analysis of problem behavior and interpret resulting data. Students are expected to read professional literature, participate in discussions, conduct literature research, and begin to implement behavioral assessment techniques. This course is open to graduate clinical psychology students and post-graduate students with masters in psychology or education who wish to build their knowledge about behavior analysis and who have completed PSYC 553. It is part of a series of six specialty classes in ABA. Upon successful completion of the entire sequence of six courses and the associated practicum course experience, students are eligible to sit for the examination required for certification in behavior analysis offered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.[/accordion-item] [accordion-item title=”PSYC 555 – Behavioral Intervention – 4 cr.” id=PSYC555]Prerequisites: successful completion of 553 & 554. This course focuses on intervention techniques used in applied behavior analysis (ABA). It covers the fundamental elements of behavior change and addresses specific intervention procedures. Students learn to use behavioral assessment data to select, develop and implement efficacious treatment plans that utilize principles of ABA. Students are expected to read professional literature, participate in discussions, conduct literature research, and begin to develop and implement behavioral intervention techniques. This course is open to graduate clinical psychology students and post-graduate students with masters in psychology or education who wish to build their knowledge about behavior analysis and who have completed PSYC 553. It is part of a series of six specialty classes in ABA. Upon successful completion of the entire sequence of six courses and the associated practicum course experience, students are eligible to sit for the examination required for certification in behavior analysis offered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.[/accordion-item] [accordion-item title=”PSYC 557 – Ethics in Behavior Analysis & Psychology – 3 cr.” id=PSYC557]This course focuses on ethical and professional conduct for behavior analysts and psychologists as delineated in (1) The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and (2) The BACB Professional Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. The primary objective of this course is to prepare students to be ethical providers of psychological and behavior analytic services. This course is open to graduate clinical psychology students and post-graduate students with masters in psychology or education who intend to practice as a psychologist and/or a behavior analyst. [/accordion-item] [accordion-item title=”PSYC 559 – Advanced Concepts and Practices in Applied Behavior Analysis – 4 cr.” id=PSYC559]Prerequisite: successful completion of 553. This course focuses on advanced concepts and practices of applied behavior analysis (ABA) including complex theoretical principles and skills essential for personnel supervision and management in the field of behavior analysis. Students are expected to read professional literature, participate in discussions, conduct literature research, and begin to learn the application of behavior analysis. This course is open to graduate clinical psychology students and post-graduate students with masters in psychology or education who wish to build their knowledge about behavior analysis and who have completed PSYC 553. It is part of a series of six specialty classes in ABA. Upon successful completion of the entire sequence of six courses and the associated practicum course experience, students are eligible to sit for the examination required for certification in behavior analysis offered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.[/accordion-item][/accordion]


Students interested in the ABA curriculum in conjunction with the MA program should also review the MA/ABA program curriculum.

Structure of the Program

The certificate program in ABA has been specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals who seek to expand their expertise in applied behavior analysis. Learning occurs through a sequence of courses. This is a cohort program that consists of six semesters of coursework and a Behavior Changes Systems Seminar. The certificate can be completed within an 24-month period.  

Updated 4/1/2019

 

 

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