Online M.A. in ABA*
Applied Behavior Analysis Basic Principles (3 credit hours)
This first, graduate level course provides the student with an introduction to the concepts and principles of Behavior Analysis. This course will be the first step in becoming prepared to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam.
Observational Methods and Functional Assessment (3 credit hours)
The course focuses on identifying and using appropriate observational methods based on individual cases, assessing individuals using functional assessment procedures and methods, displaying and interpreting behavioral data, and designing behavior support plans.
Single Case Experimental Design (3 credit hours)
The aim of this course is to elucidate single case methodologies that are used for both clinical and research purposes. Experimental design is a hallmark of science but its use in behavior analysis far surpasses just research purposes. Applied Behavior analysis utilizes single-case time series methodologies to assess various dimensions of behavior and to evaluate the effects of treatment interventions on those behaviors. In fact, it is rare that you will make clinical decisions without data portrayed in some graphical format.
Behavior Theory (3 credit hours)
The aim of this course is to continue your training as scientist-practitioners through the development of your understanding of the role and importance of theory in the development of scientific systems. Our science uses an inductive system for theory building. This is desirable due to our reliance on a truth criterion of successful working and a focus on building the technology along with the science.
ABA in Complex Community Environments (3 credit hours)
This course will prepare students to recognize and respond to factors that may affect the application of behavior analysis principles within and across community settings and to design intervention plans that fit given characteristics of the social and physical context of these settings. Community contexts and settings considered in this course include families and family homes; schools, service agencies, and facilities; neighborhoods with distinct cultural identities; and places of employment, recreation, and commerce.
Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)
This course provides the student with an in-depth coverage of ethics and professional behavior in applied behavior analysis. This course will help the student become prepared to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam.
Behavior Analysis and Developmental Disabilities (3 credit hours)
This course covers a range of topics in behavior analysis related to developmental disabilities, including motivating operations, preference assessment, staff training and management, skills training, functional assessment and functional interventions.
ABA Practicum Seminar (15 credit hours)
Seminar will take on several forms throughout the two year span that you are in the program. Initially, basic training on a variety of interpersonal and professional repertoires are covered to prepare you for your practicum placements. From this starting point, seminar focuses on keeping you abreast of clinical topics in the field, sharing in training experiences, and presenting data on behavior change efforts in practicum positions. A common theme throughout all seminars is a focus on the scientist-practitioner approach to training wherein students are required to discuss their work with precision and with an understanding of the research basis of the procedures utilized.
Directed Research (5 credit hours)
In the directed research course students will choose a research topic, conduct a literature review, write a research proposal, carry out an intervention, and report the results.
*Please note the online ABA M.A. degree is a separate program from the on-campus ABA M.S. degree at USF.