Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. ABA includes direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior.

What You'll Study

The MS ABA in the Department of Psychology is a two-year program that meets the BACB Fourth Edition Task List for coursework and practicum experience.  YSU’s program is a “Verified Course Sequence” (VCS) by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) qualifying graduates to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam, become “BCBAs” and qualified to become Certified Ohio Behavior Analysts (COBA).

BCBA Exam pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation. To access current pass rates, current and potential students can view https://www.bacb.com/verified-course-sequences/

Program objectives include mastery of basic behavior-analytic skills (measurement, experimental design, behavior-change considerations, fundamental elements of behavior change, specific behavior-change procedures, and behavior-change systems), client-centered responsibilities (problem identification, measurement, assessment, intervention, and implementation, management, and supervision), and knowledge of the BACB Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts.

BCBAs typically supervise a team (Board certified associate behavior analysts, Registered Behavioral Technicians, & direct care staff) that provide individualized ABA services directly in homes, schools, businesses, and elsewhere. BCBAs are in high demand in Ohio, the United States and throughout the world. BCBAs have multiple employment opportunities with handsome benefit packages.

Behavior analysts work in vast areas wherever improving human behavior is important. BCBAs are in particularly high demand for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, developmental disabilities, and work in, or for, schools, clinics, hospitals, and private practice.

 

  • Graduate Curriculum
    Class Code Class Title Credit Hours
    PSYC 6960 Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 S.H.
    PSYC 6961 Foundations of Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3 S.H.
    PSYC 6962 Behavior Therapy and Philosophy 3 S.H.
    PSYC 6963 Behavioral Change Procedures and Ethics 3 S.H.
    PSYC 6964 Observational Methods and Functional Assessment 3 S.H.
    PSYC 6965 Behavioral Systems Analysis 3 S.H.
    PSYC 6966 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 S.H.
    PSYC 69XX Elective 3 S.H.
    PSYC 6968 Practicum I 6 S.H.
    PSYC 6969 Practicum II 6 S.H.
    PSYC 7060 Thesis 6 S.H.