Curriculum

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the following courses (marked with an asterisk)* toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. These requirements are outlined on the BACB website.

A grade of “C” or higher is required in each of the four courses to earn the certificate.

Required Courses:

PY 455* – Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (Fall)
This course focuses on how environmental events influence behavior, and behavior analytic strategies by which behavior may be changed. General topics to be covered include principles of learning, single subject design methods, skills training and stimulus control techniques, and how to plan, develop, and implement behavior change programs across a variety of populations, settings, and behaviors.

PY 456* – Research Methods and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis (Fall, odd-numbered years)
This course will address single-subject designs and methods common to behavior analytic assessments and interventions, as well as the ethical issues and responsibilities of behavior analysts. The focus will be on behavioral assessment, experimental evaluation, and the measurement, display, and interpretation of single-subject data sets. Ethical decision-making processes will also be emphasized, and the relationship between ethics and law will be explored. Prerequisite: PY 455.

PY 457* – Behavioral Interventions (Spring, odd-numbered years)
This course is designed to provide students with a background in applied behavior analysis with advanced knowledge of behavior-analytic interventions designed to promote appropriate behaviors and decrease aberrant responses. The course will examine different strategies that behavior analysts have used to conduct interventions, including clinic, classroom, center and home-based strategies. Prerequisite: PY 455.

PY 458* – Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (Spring, even-numbered years)
This course builds upon the basic principles of learning and applied behavior analysis presented during previous courses in the BCaBA course sequence. The course will offer advanced coverage of special topics, including: (a) practicing behavior analysis in applied settings such as schools and hospitals, (b) conducting parent training, (c) verbal behavior, (d) managing problem behaviors such as self-injury, food refusal, and non-compliance, and (e) dealing with special populations such as children with autism, individuals with traumatic brain injury, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Prerequisite: PY 455.

PY 459 – Supervision and Personnel Management in ABA (Fall, even-numbered years)
This course introduces students to a behavior-analytic approach to supervision and personnel management. Topics to be covered include the assessment of personnel skills, competency-based personnel training, monitoring treatment integrity, making data-based and function-based decisions on personnel performance, strategies to improve performance, and the risks of ineffective supervision. Prerequisite: PY 455.

Select one course from the following:

PY 454 – Introduction to Developmental Disabilities (Odd-numbered years, Spring)
This course introduces students to key concepts and perspectives in the field of developmental and intellectual disabilities, and encourages them to think critically about those issues. The course will explore issues related to prevalence, etiology, treatment, and prognosis using a multiple stakeholder perspective.

ASL 101 – Introductory American Sign Language (Offered on sufficient demand)
Intensive study of American Sign Language, including vocabulary, grammatical style, and techniques for communication and interpretation. Students will also gain a familiarity with cross-cultural information and interaction with the deaf community. Course Fees: $30

EEX 450 – Special Education Law (Offered on sufficient demand)
Studies of special education law covering the historical development of legislation and litigation. Instruction will emphasize the implementation of key legislative aspects in public school settings, teacher responsibilities to students/parents, and various procedural processes required of special educators. Prerequisites will be waived for ABA minors.