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Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Effective January 1, 2016, learners who are seeking BACB certification, must hold a master’s degree in psychology, education, or applied behavior analysis or have a conferred degree with a BACB-approved course sequence.

The Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate supplements previous undergraduate or graduate educational experiences and provides learners with a foundational knowledge of major competency areas in the behavior analytic field. The curriculum focuses on ethical and professional conduct; behavior analysis concepts, principles, and research methods; and applied behavior analysis techniques. Upon successful completion of this graduate certificate, learners are prepared to identify behavioral problems through assessment; design, implement, and manage culturally appropriate interventions and treatments; perform effective behavior supervision; and bring about positive change for diverse individuals in a variety of settings.

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Eight Required Courses

 

 

40 quarter credits

PSY7708
Basic Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain an understanding of the basic foundations, philosophy, and concepts underlying the science of behavior analysis. Learners differentiate between therapeutic approaches that are behavior-analytic and those that are not. Learners acquire knowledge of the basic principles and analyze behavior and environmental events surrounding the occurrence of behavior. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7709 *
Advanced Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners further examine the concepts underlying the science of behavior analysis. Learners discern the different types of antecedents and consequences that effect behavior. Learners practice speaking in the scientific terminology used in the science of behavior analysis. Learners also gain a basic understanding of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7708. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7710 *
Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain knowledge about the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Learners practice navigating ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the practice of behavior analysis. Learners gain perspective on how to weight risks and benefits associated with the implementation of behavior change procedures. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7709. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7711 *
Measurement and Research in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain knowledge on measurement, data display, and experimental methods commonly used in applied behavior analysis. Learners distinguish the different types of measurement that may be used and determine the conditions under which certain types should be used. Learners gain knowledge about single-subject design as well as different types of research methods used in behavior analysis. Prerequisite(s): PSY7708, PSY7709, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7710. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7712 *
Behavior Analytic Assessments

Learners apply and gain knowledge of the full range of assessment based approaches in behavior analysis. Learners gain knowledge on how to assess client’s preferences, needs, and skill strengths and deficits. Learners practice conducting functional behavior assessments and analyzing results of these assessments to determine functions of behavior.  Prerequisite(s): PSY7710, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7711. 

5 quarter credits
PSY7713 *
Behavior Analytic Interventions

In this course, learners apply techniques of behavior change to behaviors of social significance. Learners gain knowledge on how to design behavior change systems given results of behavior assessments. Learners also gain knowledge on how to design these systems to ensure continued maintenance and generalization of skills.  Prerequisite(s): PSY7711, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7712. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7714 *
Supervision and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners apply evidenced-based supervision practices to the supervision of behavior-analytic programs. Learners gain knowledge on how to apply behavior change procedures. Learners apply Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior to create behavior change programs to address verbal behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY7712, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7713. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7715 *
Applied Behavior Analysis Capstone

In this course, learners demonstrate knowledge, scholarship, and research proficiency in Applied Behavior Analysis. Learners demonstrate their understanding of ethical and professional conduct and basic concepts and principles in behavior analysis. Learners apply assessment techniques, implement behavior-analytic methods, and determine their effectiveness. Learners demonstrate their ability to evaluate research findings by synthesizing research and drafting an experimental outline around a behavioranalytic topic of their choice. Prerequisite(s): PSY7713, PSY7714. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

40 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

This certificate is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu).