Applied Behavior Analysis

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Master of Education: Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism track - Credits: 33 or 39 (program code: 0744)

Master of Education: Applied Behavior Analysis: General track - Credits 33 or 39 (program code: 0759)

Certificate: Board Certified Behavior Analyst Preparation - Credits 18 or 27 (program code: 0758)

Program Description

Board certified behavior analysts address the behavioral and instructional needs of individuals in a wide variety of settings. Applied Behavior Analysis is recognized as a best practice for the instruction and behavioral management for individuals with exceptionalities.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Practicum

California University of Pennsylvania has designed an Intensive Practicum for the Applied Behavior Analysis program to give students a wide range of potential placement options upon completion.Students will have the opportunity to study under Board Certified Behavior Analysts while applying the content they have covered during their coursework.

Practicum Placement Sites:

  • Public and private school settings.
  • Individualized home programming sites.
  • Other mental health-related settings throughout Allegheny, Fayette and Washington counties.

Practicum Placement Site Tasks:

  • Conducting behavioral assessments.
  • Designing education and behavioral programs.
  • Conducting preference assessments.
  • Developing behavior support plans.
  • Creating data collection procedures.

Please Note: Students must first complete ESP 701 prior to being permitted to enroll in intensive practicum.

Curriculum - Master of Arts: Applied Behavorial Analysis - Autism

Course Credits
ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
ESP 740  Nature/Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 741  Communication, Behavior and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 742  Life Transitions and Partnerships: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 743  Navigating the Social World: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 750  Concepts, Principles, Assessment ABA 3
ESP 751  Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention 1 3
ESP 752  Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention 2 3
ESP 753  Professional Ethical Practice Behavior Analyst 3
ESP 754  Intensive Practical Training in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 or 9
ESP 800  Seminar in Advanced Behavior Analysis and Research Design 3
Total 33 or 39

MEd without experience requirement for BCBA credential = 33 credits

MEd with experience requirement for BCBA credential = 39 credits

Curriculum - Master of Arts:  Applied Behavorial Analysis - Generalist

Course Credits
ESP 603  Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching 3
ESP 610  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration  3
ESP 612  Evidence-based Practices for Pre-K-8 Inclusion 3
ESP 620  Special Education History, Theory and Exceptionality 3
ESP 639  Field Experience Seminar in Special Education* 3
ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
ESP 750  Concepts, Principles, Assessment ABA 3
ESP 751  Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention 1 3
ESP 752  Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention 2 3
ESP 753  Professional Ethical Practice Behavior Analyst 3
ESP 754  Intensive Practical Training in Applied Behavior Analysis* 3 or 9
ESP 800  Seminar in Advanced Behavior Analysis and Research Design 3
Total 33 or 39

* Students have the option of taking ESP 639 or ESP 754, depending on whether or not Cal U is supervising their practicum hours needed to sit for the BCBA exam or they are being supervised privately.

For students who are being supervised by Cal U, they can take up to nine hours of ESP 754 in order to accumulate enough supervised hours to sit for the BCBA exam. These students can graduate with up to 39 credits.

Students who are being supervised privately will not take ESP 754 but instead will take ESP 639. These students will graduate with 33 credits.

Curriculum - Certificate: Board Certified Behavior Analysis Preparation

 
Course Credits
ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
ESP 750  Concepts, Principles, Assessment ABA 3
ESP 751  Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention 1 3
ESP 752  Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention 2 3
ESP 753  Professional Ethical Practice Behavior Analyst 3
ESP 754  Intensive Practical Training in Applied Behavior Analysis 9
ESP 800  Seminar in Advanced Behavior Analysis and Research Design 3
Total 18 or 27

The minimum credit range (18) represents a certificate only and does not include ESP 754.

Advisement

Students in the applied behavior analysis program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Websites

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/education-online/applied-behavior-analysis/index.aspx

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/education-online/applied-behavior-analysis/autism.aspx

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/certificates/education/applied-behavior-analysis/index.aspx 

Program Coordinator

Peter Heh, Ed.D, BCBA (University of Pittsburgh), M.Ed. (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Washington and Jefferson College), Assistant Professor; Specializations: Autism, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Assessment Design.

Web Page: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/peter-heh.aspx 
Email: heh@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4993

Program Faculty

Kalie Kossar, Ed.D., BCBA-D, (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.S. (University of Pittsburgh), Associate Professor
Specializations: Collaboration, Assessment, Inclusion, Applied Behavior Analysis

Katherine Mitchem, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Utah State University), M.Ed. (Drury University), B.S. (Manchester University), Professor; Specializations: Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/