Applied Behavior Analysis, M.A.
The M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a 39-credit program based upon the scientist-practitioner model. Students learn about theoretical and conceptual issues related to the science of behavior, as well as practitioner skills necessary to design and deliver effective behavioral interventions across populations and settings. The ABA courses provide training in the philosophy of behaviorism, basic and applied principles, assessment, and intervention strategies, as well as ethical practice in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. The program includes an Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) verified course sequence and a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) verified experience (i.e., practicum). Graduates of the program who have completed verified experience requirements are eligible to sit for the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). For additional information, see the BACB website at http://www.bacb.com.
Upon successful completion of the program of studies for Applied Behavior Analysis, the student will receive an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis and will have given evidence of the following outcomes and goals:
- Personal integration of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts as demonstrated through scenario analysis that identifies remediation and prevention.
- Knowledge of the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of behavior analysis as a science and as a discipline, as demonstrated through a simulated experiment and written lab report.
- Development of skills related to the evaluation of behavior change as evidenced by scenario analysis and application of appropriate system of behavior measurement and experimental design.
- Assessment of behavior and development of behavior change interventions as evidenced by scenario analysis and application of appropriate assessment and treatment approaches.
Requirements for Admission
Admission is contingent on the outcome of an interview with the program faculty. Candidates will be notified in writing as to their status.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- An undergraduate major in psychology, special education, education, social work, or similar discipline.
- Applicants with deficiencies may be required to register for appropriate undergraduate course(s) without graduate credit.
- Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years.
- Completed self-managed application packet (see below):
The completed self-managed application packet must include:
- A check or money order for $40 (nonrefundable) made payable to Georgian Court University.
- A completed graduate application form
- A reasonably complete statement of the applicant’s reasons for undertaking this program of study. An explanation of what factors influenced applicant’s decision and how this program will facilitate attainment of the applicant’s professional goals for the future should be addressed.
- Sealed and signed envelopes containing official transcripts of each undergraduate and graduate institution the applicant has attended. If the official seal has been broken, the transcript is considered to be unofficial and cannot be accepted for use toward the application. Official transcripts electronically transmitted directly from the Office of the Registrar of each institution will be accepted in lieu of a paper copy.
- Three letters of recommendation written by professors, deans, supervisors, or other persons engaged in or familiar with the profession for which the applicant wishes to prepare.
Accepted students will receive a health form that must be completed and submitted to the Office of Health Services.
|ABA501||Ethical & Professional Conduct||3|
|ABA502||Measurement & Experimental Design||3|
|ABA503||Experimental Analysis of Behavior||3|
|ABA504||Philosophy of Behaviorism||3|
|ABA505||Generalization & Training||3|
|ABA511||Behavior Change Procedures I||3|
|ABA512||Behavior Change Procedures II||3|
|Select 12 credits of the following:||12|
|Behavioral Interventions for Autism|
|Special Topics in ABA|
|Practicum in Applied Behav. Analysis|
|Research in Applied Behavior Analysis|
|Prac I: Consultation & Collaboration|
Students who earn a grade below a B- in any ABA course will be required to repeat that course. Students who earn two or more grades below a B- will be formally reviewed by program faculty and may be subject to academic dismissal.