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Curriculum

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. ® has approved the following 12 credit course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination ®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

A grade of “C” or higher is required in each of the four courses to earn the certificate.

PY 455 – Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (Fall)
This course focuses on how environmental events influence behavior, and behavior analytic strategies by which behavior may be changed. General topics to be covered include principles of learning, single subject design methods, skills training and stimulus control techniques, and how to plan, develop, and implement behavior change programs across a variety of populations, settings, and behaviors.

PY 456 – Research Methods and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis (Fall, odd-numbered years)
This course will address single-subject designs and methods common to behavior analytic assessments and interventions, as well as the ethical issues and responsibilities of behavior analysts. The focus will be on behavioral assessment, experimental evaluation, and the measurement, display, and interpretation of single-subject data sets. Ethical decision-making processes will also be emphasized, and the relationship between ethics and law will be explored. Prerequisite: PY 455.

PY 457 – Behavioral Interventions (Spring, odd-numbered years)
This course is designed to provide students with a background in applied behavior analysis with advanced knowledge of behavior-analytic interventions designed to promote appropriate behaviors and decrease aberrant responses. The course will examine different strategies that behavior analysts have used to conduct interventions, including clinic, classroom, center and home-based strategies. Prerequisite: PY 455.

PY 458 – Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (Spring, even-numbered years)
This course builds upon the basic principles of learning and applied behavior analysis presented during previous courses in the BCaBA course sequence. The course will offer advanced coverage of special topics, including: (a) practicing behavior analysis in applied settings such as schools and hospitals, (b) conducting parent training, (c) verbal behavior, (d) managing problem behaviors such as self-injury, food refusal, and non-compliance, and (e) dealing with special populations such as children with autism, individuals with traumatic brain injury, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Prerequisite: PY 455.