Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis Coursework

On 2/28/2014

  
  

Course Descriptions

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

EGSE 5053 Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

This course provides historical and current context regarding the terminology, methods and applications of Applied Behavior Analysis. Emphasis will be on having students demonstrate mastery of terms used and generate examples of concepts across various settings. This is the first in a series of courses designed to assist in preparing students to discuss principles using a common terminology and to survey how these principles are applied. Supervised experience concurrent to coursework is required and may be accessed through the college.

EGSE 5063 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis (3)

This course is designed to develop an understanding of data collection methods, interpretation of data and data-based decision making. Additionally, single-subject research design will be described in terms of evaluating effects of implementing interventions. Emphasis will be on selecting effective means of data collection for assessment and intervention monitoring and using single-subject research designs to describe functional relationships between interventions and behavioral outcomes.

EGSE 5073 Behavior Change Procedures (3)

This course will examine the factors that contribute to challenging behavior or lead to instructional challenges and coordinating best practices for analyzing student behavior and learning styles, developing intervention plans and evaluating the effectiveness of these plans. Students completing this course will be able to use principles of applied behavior analysis to identify target behaviors, collect data on the behavior in order to establish a baseline and develop individualized and appropriate interventions.

EGSE 5083 Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3)

This course covers the behavioral theory, principles and procedures 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 behavioral management can be used in the field of education.

EGSE 5143 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

This course covers the behavioral therapy, principles and procedures 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 behavioral management can be used in the field of education.

EGSE 5133 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)

This course covers ethical and professional conduct, intervention and behavior change considerations, implementation, management and supervision. Students will 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. Through the ethical lens of ABA, students will examine how behavioral management can be used in the field of education.

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 study related to the ABA field. Students will complete their data collection, write their findings, or learn about publication. They will also complete their research presentation in this course.

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% 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% 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% of the entire 1500 hours of field work for the BCBA certificate.