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 Student Services 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.
|Foundations In Applied Behavior Analysis
|Single-Case Designs: Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavior
|Theory and Philosophy of Behavior Analysis
|ABA Fieldwork I
|Functional Behavior Assessment in Applied Settings
|Organizational Behavior Management
|Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
|ABA Fieldwork II
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 (note: the School of Education requires grades of B- or higher in its graduate courses), 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 independent fieldwork in behavior analysis supervised by a qualified BCBA. Azusa Pacific University does not provide this supervision. For more information regarding the certification process, visit the BACB website.
University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.
International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.
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.