Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis Coursework

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Course Descriptions

Candidates seeking the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis will take the following 34 hours of coursework:

EGSE 5053 Foundations of ABA (3)

This course covers the behavior theory, concepts, principles, and procedures related to modifying existing behaviors and acquiring new behaviors. Students will begin to understand behavior analysis through the exploration of philosophical assumptions, behavior terminology, verbal operants, and measurement concepts. These concepts will be explored by applying behavior principles to real-world scenarios. Students will examine how foundational concepts and principles can be used in various settings with a primary focus on the educational setting.

EGSE 5063 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis (3)

This course covers single subject research methods used to evaluate the effects of interventions on existing behaviors. Students will begin to understand methods of measuring behavior (including data analysis), various experimental designs, the identification of problems, and various assessment tools by applying these methods in real-world scenarios. Students will examine ways to use single-subject research methods in various settings with a primary focus on the educational setting.

EGSE 5073 Behavior Change Procedures (3)

This course covers fundamental elements of behavior change and specific behavior change procedures to modify existing behaviors and acquire new behaviors. Students will begin to understand behavior modification techniques, such as measurement, positive and negative reinforcement, punishment, extinction, discrimination training, generalization, shaping, and schedules of reinforcement, by applying these behavior principles to real-world scenarios. Students will examine how behavior change procedures can be used in the field of education.

EGSE 5083 Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3)

This course covers behavior change systems, intervention and behavior change considerations related to modifying existing behaviors and acquiring new behaviors. Students will begin to understand ethics, professional conduct, behavior change systems, and development, implementation, management, and supervision of behavior intervention plans by applying these behavioral principles to real-world scenarios. Students will examine how program design, implementation, and evaluation can be used in various settings with a primary focus on the educational setting.

EGSE 5143 Advanced ABA (3)

This course covers the measurement (including data analysis), experimental design, behavioral change systems, and school based applications of behavior analysis. Students will understand and apply behavioral modification techniques, such as measurement, consideration of biological variables, observable/ measureable behavior, identification of motivators, selecting alternative behaviors, and identification of contingencies governing behavior, by applying these behavioral principles to real-world scenarios. Students will examine how behavioral management can be used in the field of education. This course contains a program comprehensive exam covering content in all BACB approved course sequence courses.

EGSE 5133 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)

This course covers ethical and professional conduct in the field of applied behavior analysis and ethical implications of behavior change systems, implementation, management and supervision. Students will understand and apply behavioral modification techniques within the BACB ethical framework.

EGSE 5153 Communication, Language, and Social Skills (3)

This course covers the development of communication, language and social skills for typically developing children, as well as the deficits seen in these areas in children with disabilities. Students will learn the link between communication and behavior, the importance of developing functional communication and instructional strategies to develop communication, language and social skills. Research-based interventions such as social narratives, video-modeling and functional communication training will also be discussed.

EGSE 5163 Business Essentials (3)

This course will address the basics of building and maintaining a private business specifically geared to the future BCBA. Issues discussed will include insurance billing, managing employees, marketing and advertising and business ethics. Students will learn how to start, develop and maintain their own business.

EGSE 5173 Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)

This course will address the specific characteristics of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and how those characteristics manifest in a variety of environments. Students will learn how to analyze the characteristics when addressing behavior concerns. They will also learn about research-based interventions such as pivotal response training, incidental teaching and visual supports. Students will also learn about sensory dysfunction and fine motor deficits, as well as strategies to incorporate to support these two deficit areas.

EGSE 5181 ABA Research Seminar (1)

This course will allow students to complete their research project that they will begin in EGSE 5063. This will be a single subject research study related to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Students will complete their data collection, analyze the results using visual analysis, write the results and discussion section of the paper, and learn about publication. The research will be conducted according to the ethical guidelines set forth by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Students will also complete their research presentation in this course. Prerequisite:  EGSE 5063.

EGSE 5102 Behavioral Field Supervision I (2)

Supervised independent fieldwork: This course is the first of three field supervision courses and will provide 25 hours of field supervision, fulfilling the requirement for supervision of 5 percent of the first 500 hours of field work for the BCaBA and BCBA certificate

EGSE 5112 Behavioral Field Supervision II (2)

Supervised independent fieldwork: This course is the second of three field supervision courses and will provide 25 hours of field supervision. Combined with EGSE 5102, this course fulfills the requirement for supervision of 5 percent of the first 1000 hours of field work for the BCaBA and BCBA certificate.

EGSE 5122 Behavioral Field Supervision III (2)

Supervised independent fieldwork: This course is the last of three field supervision courses and will provide 25 hours of field supervision. All three courses must be taken to fulfill the requirement for supervision of 5 percent of the entire 1500 hours of field work for the BCBA certificate.