Structure of MA in ABA Program

Structure of MA in ABA Program

Structure of MA in ABA Program


Program Goal

The goal of the MA in ABA is to provide students with the necessary educational degree, coursework, and experience to function effectively as an applied behavior analyst and to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®), which is a national credential granted by The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® Here is the Course Content Verification Form for Rowan University's BCBA coursework.

Specific Objectives

  1. Students will know the basic principles of behavior and the empirical basis for these principles.
  2. Students will know how to apply these basic principles of behavior to effectively change individual and group behavior.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge and ability to assess and identify the function of behaviors and behavior problems.
  4. Students will understand the characteristics of the populations with which they will work as a behavior analysts.
  5. Students will understand the operating rules and functions of the different systems in which they will collaborate to meet the needs of their clients.
  6. Through supervised experience in community agencies, students will become proficient in the behavioral assessment and treatment of different problems and issues confronting children with a variety of special needs.
  7. Students will learn how to systematically evaluate interventions and to provide feedback to clients and consumers.
  8. Students will learn the professional identity of behavior analysts and demonstrate how to apply ethical principles in practice.

Structure of the Program

I. Fundamental Behavioral Analytic Knowledge and Skill (15 credits)

  • PSY 02.500 Basic Principles of Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSY 02.610 Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • PSY 02.620 Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis (3 credits)
  • PSY 01.510 History, Philosophy & Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • PSY 02.710 Advanced Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 credits)

II. Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (6 credits)

  • PSY 02.670 Ethics & Legal Issues in in ABA (3 credits)
  • PSY 02.680 Advanced Practice in ABA (3 credits)

III. Experience (6 credits)

  • PSY 01.660 Practicum in ABA (3 credits)
  • PSY 01.661 Practicum in ABA II (3 credits)
VI. Research and Supervision (6 credits)
  • PSY 02.510 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • PSY 02.671 Behavioral Consultation, Supervision, and Management (3 credits)

Total credits: 33 credits