Applied Behavior Analysis

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Department of Special and Early Education (SEED) Graduate Study in Applied Behavior Analysis

Applications are due July 15, 2016 for the group forming for the fall 2016.



Behavior Analysis is the application of the science of learning to the solution of problems of social significance. Behavior Analysts work in schools, homes, and community settings, and consult in the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions for a variety of learners across a variety of skills.

Course work in Applied Behavior Analysis may be completed as part of a Master’s of Science in Special Education or as a course sequence that will meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.

M.S. Ed. Advanced Special Education Practices: Applied Behavior Analysis. This option is available for those with a bachelor’s degree who wish to complete the BCBA course sequence as part of the Advanced Special Education Practices Master’s degree. Those enrolled in this program will complete the 18 hours of coursework in the BCBA sequence plus 18 hours of additional coursework to complete a 36-hour master’s program.

Behavior Analyst Course Sequence: This option is available for those who already have a master’s degree (or are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program) in Special Education, Psychology, Behavior Analysis, or Education, and wish to complete the BCBA coursework requirement. The BACB has a location on their website where individuals can enter their degree informaiton. As a courtesy, the BACB will review the information and let you know if your degree is acceptable under the new standards. Check my degree information.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® for more information.

Course number

Name

Credit Hours

SESE 554

Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support in School and Community Settings

3

SESE 603

Functional Analysis and Behavioral Assessment

3

SESE 792

Single-Case Research Methodologies and Research-Based Practices in Special Education

3

SESE 709

Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis and Research-Based Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

3

SESE 710

Behavioral Applications and Consultation in School and Community Settings

3

SESE 711

Ethics and Professional Behavior for Behavior Analyst in School and Community Settings

3


For more information on the BCBA, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc® or contact Woody Johnson, Ed.D. BCBA-D at jwjohnson@niu.edu or (815) 753-4267.

For more information on enrolling for course work, degree requirements, or the Advanced Special Education Practices degree, please contact Les Hecht at lbhecht@niu.edu.

Additional Information

If the new degree requirements do not allow you to apply to take the BCBA exam with your current masters, you would be eligible to apply to become a BCaBA ("Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst). Please visit the BACB website "About BACB Credentials" for more information. The BCaBA credential does not currently have a degree restriction.

Individuals interested in completing the course work should complete the SEED in-house application. This will help us track your progress in BCBA the program.

Information and the application for a student-at-large maybe be obtained form the Graduate School. Please visit the Application for Study as a Student-at-Large.

If you wish to apply for the MSEd in Advanced Special Education Practices you can apply online for admission to a program through the Graduate School website.