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ABA Non-Degree Seeking Students

Thank you for your interest in the Non-Degree seeking Applied Behavior Analysis and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis programs. 

Please note the following:

  • For more information regarding certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, please contact the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) at www.bacb.com.
  • Prospective students who have not earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology, ABA or Education are recommended to contact BACB to determine their eligibility to start either of the ABA programs.

Should you have any questions after contacting the BACB, you may contact the NSU program office for academic planning and advisement.

ELECTIVE PRACTICUM - OPTIONAL (6 Credits)

ABA 0710: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings.

ABA 0720: Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0730: Behavior Assessment Models in Applied Behavior

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of development disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0750: Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0760: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA or BCABA certification. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a job that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0770: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II (Elective)

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in ABA 760 and has similar requirements. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a position that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group format and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors.

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®.

ELECTIVE PRACTICUM - OPTIONAL - (9 Credits)

ABA 0710: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings.

ABA 0720: Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0730: Behavior Assessment Models in Applied Behavior

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of development disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0740: Evaluating Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. Additional focus will be placed on the interpretation of the research literature to make sound decisions about assessment and intervention strategies for a variety of populations.

ABA 0750: Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0755: Ethical Conduct for Behavior Analyst

This course will focus on the ethical practice of applied behavior analysis across clinical, research and professional settings. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board'Äôs Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts and Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards will be reviewed, explored and applied. Additional focus will be given to common ethical dilemmas that may arise during clinical research and practice in applied behavior analysis and strategies and guidelines for resolving ethical issues. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0760: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA or BCABA certification. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a job that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor. Prerequisite: ABA 0710

ABA 0770: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II (Elective)

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in ABA 0760 and has similar requirements. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a position that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group format and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors.

ABA 0780: Advanced Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This advanced practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for students seeking their BCBA and will continue the work begun in the previous two practica. Students must be engaged in a position requiring the application of ABA principles at least 20 hours per week. Supervision will take place weekly or bi-weekly in a group or individual format and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

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