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.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Janet Burke, Graduate Coordinator Phone: (203) 837-8508
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:
  2. 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.

  3. 2. Complete an additional eleven credits in Applied Behavior Analysis: EPY651, EPY652, EPY653 and EPY654.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 (30 SH)  (All courses are online)

Completion of the following:

Course Requirements     30 SH
EPY 641*   Applied Behavior Analysis I   4 SH
EPY 642*   Applied Behavior Analysis II  4 SH
EPY 643*   Applied Behavior Analysis III  4 SH
EPY 644*   Applied Behavior Analysis IV 4 SH
EPY 645*   Applied Behavior Analysis V 3 SH
EPY 651     Assistive Technology for Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH
EPY 652     Grant Writing for Applied Behavior Analysis  2 SH
EPY 653     Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH
EPY 654     Research in Applied Behavior Analysis Literature 3 SH
*Core courses must be taken in sequence    

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

Students will be required to follow the following course sequence:

FALL  
EPY 641*   Applied Behavior Analysis I    4 SH
EPY 651     Assistive Technology for Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH

SPRING
 
EPY 642*   Applied Behavior Analysis II 4 SH
EPY 652     Grant Writing for Applied Behavior Analysis   2 SH

SUMMER
 
EPY 643*   Applied Behavior Analysis III  4 SH
EPY 644*   Applied Behavior Analysis IV  4 SH
EPY 645*   Applied Behavior Analysis V   3 SH

FALL
 
EPY 653     Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis  3 SH
EPY 654     Research in Applied Behavior Analysis Literature  3 SH

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CERTIICATE

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
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Courses: There are two cohorts per year. Students may start in the Fall or Spring.

FALL COHORT MODEL

EPY 641 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) I    4 semester hours----fall term
EPY 642 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) II  4 semester hours----spring term
EPY 643 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) III    4 semester hours----summer I term
EPY 644 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) IV 4 semester hours----summer II term
EPY 645 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) V   3 semester hours----summer III term

SPRING COHORT MODEL

EPY 641 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) I 4 semester hours----spring term
EPY 642 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) II 4 semester hours----summer I term
EPY 643 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) III 4 semester hours----summer II term
EPY 644 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) IV 4 semester hours----summer III term
EPY 645 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) V 3 semester hours----fall term

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

Registration / Application

To register / apply for the following course: Applied Behavior Analysis/ EPY 641, please visit: www.wcsu.edu/graduate/aba-application.asp.

Copies of transcripts need to be forwarded to the Division of Graduate Studies. Fax (203) 837-8326 or mail WCSU, 181 White Street, Danbury CT 06810 attention: Division of Graduate Studies. 

Once transcripts are received you will be registered for the course.

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