Applied Behavior Analysis

Western offers two options to pursue the applied behavior analysis coursework. You can pursue the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis or pursue one of the certificates. All of the courses are offered online. Requirements for both options are listed below.

Option 1. Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
Option 2. Certificate, Applied Behavior Analysis

OPTION 1.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Dr. Janet Burke, BCBA-D Graduate Coordinator Phone: (203) 837-3206
burkej@wcsu.edu
 
Ana Cangialosi, Dept. Secretary Phone: (203) 837-8510
Fax: (203) 837-8413
canglialosia@wcsu.edu

Program Overview and Mission

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a requirement of thirty credits. The program is housed in the Education and Educational Psychology Department. The M.S. in ABA offers courses of study students can apply toward advanced degrees or toward careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts.
 The mission of Western Connecticut State University’s Applied Behavior Analysis program is to provide high-quality behavior analytic instruction to practitioners.  We offer courses with advanced online technology in an academic environment dedicated to education and research.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Students will be able to measure observable behavior, design, plot and interpret data using the dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis to make environmental changes to maintain, increase, or decrease behaviors. Design and implement the full range of functional assessment procedures.
Make recommendations regarding behaviors that must be established. Prepare students for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®.

Admission Requirements

  1.  Application for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies and a $50 application fee. Link to application:  http://www.wcsu.edu/graduate/application.asp
  2. Applicants for the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  3. One official transcript mailed to the Division of Graduate Studies office from each college or university previously attended, including all earned grades and degree.
  4. Applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) must be at least a 2.8 for admission into program.

Degree Requirements

  1. Board Certified Behavior Analyst Core Coursework: EPY641, EPY642, EPY643, EPY644, and EPY645, for a total of 19 credits. The applicant must complete 309 classroom hours of graduate level instruction (see Acceptable Coursework below) in the following content areas and for the number of hours specified:

    A. Ethical and Professional Conduct – 60 hours,
    B. Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis – 45 hours,
    C. Measurement – 25 hours,              
    C. Experimental Design – 24 hours,
    D. Identification – 30 hours,  
    D. Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change – 45 hours,
    D. Intervention & Behavior Change Considerations -10 hours,                  
    D. Behavior Change Systems -15 hours,
    D. Implementation, Management and Supervision -10 hours,
    E. Discretionary – 45 hours.
  2. Complete an additional eleven credits in Applied Behavior Analysis: EPY651, EPY652, EPY653 and EPY654.
  3. Students whose work is of marginal quality, less than a B, in all M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis courses or who demonstrate personal qualities that are not conducive to the role of Board Certified Behavior Analyst will not be recommended for continuation in the program.
  4. Students are required to visit http://bacb.com regularly and keep up to date with all requirements to sit for the examination and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR EXAM ELIGIBILITY

  1. Students must complete fieldwork experience within three choices: supervised independent fieldwork (1500 hours), or practicum (1000 hours), or intensive practicum (750 hours). The fieldwork experience is done independent of WCSU. The coursework, fieldwork experience and other requirements specified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board is required for eligibility to take the BCBA examination. http://bacb.com

 

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Courses (30 SH) - all courses are online
Completion of the following:

Entering Fall Student Course Sequence/Requirements 30 SH
EPY 641 Applied Behavior Analysis I    4 SH     (fall)
EPY 651 Assistive Technology for Applied Behavior Analysis  3 SH     (fall)
EPY 642 Applied Behavior Analysis II    4 SH     (spring)
EPY 652 Grant Writing for Applied Behavior Analysis 2 SH     (spring)
EPY 643 Applied Behavior Analysis III   4 SH     (summer)
EPY 644 Applied Behavior Analysis IV 4 SH     (summer)
EPY 645 Applied Behavior Analysis V 3 SH     (summer)
EPY 653 Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH     (fall)
EPY 654 Research in Applied Behavior Analysis Literature 3 SH     (fall)

 

Entering Spring Student Course Sequence/Requirements 30 SH
EPY 641 Applied Behavior Analysis I    4 SH     (spring)
EPY 652 Grant Writing for Applied Behavior Analysis 2 SH     (spring)
EPY 642 Applied Behavior Analysis II 4 SH     (summer)
EPY 643  Applied Behavior Analysis III 4 SH     (summer)
EPY 644 Applied Behavior Analysis IV 4 SH     (summer)
EPY 645 Applied Behavior Analysis V 3 SH     (fall)
EPY 651 Assistive Technology for Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH     (fall)
EPY 653  Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH     (spring)
EPY 654 Research in Applied Behavior Analysis Literature  3 SH     (spring)

All courses must be taken in this sequence.                                        

Due to the program sequence, transfer credits are not accepted.

Tuition: For more information regarding tuition costs and fees go to http://www.wcsu.edu/registration/grad-tuition.asp

Academic calendar: For more information regarding the start date of classes and other important dates go to: http://www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/currentacadcal.asp

Third Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA
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OPTION 2.

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CERTICATE

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

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Certificate
This 16-credit, four-course sequence is designed for candidates who have completed an accredited bachelor’s degree. Completion of the four course sequence makes the candidate eligible to take the BCaBA certification examination sponsored by the BACB®. Visit http://bacb.com/  for more information.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certificate
This 19-credit, five-course sequence is designed for candidates who have completed an accredited graduate degree. Completion of the five course sequence makes the candidate eligible to take the BCBA certification examination sponsored by the BACB®. Visit http://www.bacb.com  for more information.
Fourth Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for both BCBA and BCaBA.
Third Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA

Admission Requirements

  1.  Application to the Division of Graduate Studies and a $50 application fee. Link to application:  http://www.wcsu.edu/graduate/application.asp
  2. Applicants for the BCaBA Certificate program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, and for the BCBA Certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  3. One transcript mailed to the Division of Graduate Studies office from each college or university previously attended, including all earned grades and degree.

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Entering Fall Student Course Sequence/Requirements           (all courses are online)  
EPY 641 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) I     4 SH       (fall)
EPY 642 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) II  4 SH       (spring)
EPY 643  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) III 4 SH       (summer)
EPY 644 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) IV  4 SH       (summer)
EPY 645 AApplied Behavior Analysis (ABA) V 3 SH       (summer)

 

Entering Fall Student Course Sequence/Requirements           (all courses are online)  
EPY 641 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) I     4 SH       (spring)
EPY 642 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) II  4 SH      (summer)
EPY 643  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) III 4 SH      (summer)
EPY 644 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) IV  4 SH      (summer)
EPY 645 AApplied Behavior Analysis (ABA) V 3 SH      (fall)

Courses may only be taken one at a time and in this sequence. 

Students whose work is of marginal quality, less than a B, in all M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis courses or who demonstrate personal qualities that are not conducive to the role of Board Certified Behavior Analyst will not be recommended for continuation in the program.

Students are required to visit http://bacb.com regularly and keep up to date with all requirements to sit for the examination and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Tuition: For more information regarding tuition costs and fees go to http://www.wcsu.edu/registration/grad-tuition.asp

Academic calendar: For more information regarding the start date of classes and other important dates go to: http://www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/currentacadcal.asp

Third Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA

 

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