Applied Behavioral Analysis Specialization
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NOTE: A Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) coordinator must approve admission to this emphasis. Admission to the BCBA program course sequence requires a separate application with the Graduate and Professional Center and interview with the BCBA committee.
The following nine-course sequence in applied behavior analysis, in its entirety, meets the 315 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction in the specified content areas established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB). Graduate students in the program must successfully complete all of the courses listed below to qualify to sit for the BCBA examination. Individual courses taken with a non-BCBA instructor or outside of APU’s BCBA nine-course sequence may not meet BCBA requirements. Contact the BACB for additional information.
|ABA 503||Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings I||3|
|ABA 504||Single-Case Designs: Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavior||3|
|ABA 505||Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings II||3|
|ABA 515||Behavior Change Procedures in Applied Settings I||3|
|ABA 500||ABA Fieldwork I||1|
|ABA 524||Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|ABA 534||Behavior Change Procedures in Applied Settings II||3|
|ABA 514||Functional Behavior Assessment in Applied Settings||3|
|ABA 510||ABA Fieldwork II||1|
Special Note: A behavior analyst is certified by the BACB after passing the BCBA certification exam. To sit for the exam, a candidate must apply directly to the BACB and provide evidence of the following: a master’s degree in behavior analysis, education, or psychology from a qualifying institution; a passing grade in each course (i.e., C or better in each graded course), comprising a total of at least 315 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction from an approved university in the specified content areas established by the BACB; and completion of 1,500 hours of supervised independent fieldwork in behavior analysis supervised by a qualified BCBA. Azusa Pacific University does not provide this supervision. For more specific information regarding the certification process, visit the BACB website.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and principles from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
- Learn single-subject design and how to collect, display, analyze, and interpret data using continuous and discontinuous measures.
- Implement procedures and systems related to behavior change from the perspective of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
- Conduct personnel supervision that is behavior analytic in nature.
- Apply the industry's ethical guidelines to their practice in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
- Conduct functional behavior assessment. This includes descriptive assessment (review of records, interview, observation, interpretation), functional analysis, and developing intervention plans.
- Apply coursework in a fieldwork setting, supervised by a qualified professional.