MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Program Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the scientific study of learning and behavior in which the principles of behavior are applied to understand, predict, and improve socially significant behavior.

Drake’s ABA Program is a comprehensive program that provides intensive classroom instruction and supervised practicum experiences.  Coursework in the ABA Program will prepare individuals to enter the field with the ability to:

  • Teach new skills to children and adults and promote appropriate and desirable behavior
  • Assess, prevent, and treat challenging behavior
  • Supervise and train caregivers, school, personnel, staff, etc.
  • Work with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities

Program Requirements

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Completion of the Masters in ABA requires a total of 45 credit hours.  Students enroll for 9 credit hours each semester, which includes coursework and practicum hours.  The program will span 5 semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring).

Students are required to take 24 hours of core courses and 6 courses of elective coursework related to advanced behavior-analytic topics or developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Students will complete practicum hours over 5 semesters. Practicum opportunities are arranged and coordinated by program faculty and students will rotate across at least two practicum sites during their tenure to help equip students will the skills necessary to be effective practitioners.

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis 

Students who already have a Master’s degree in Psychology or Education can complete the certificate program.  Completion of the Certificate in ABA requires a total of 39 credit hours.  The certificate program will span 5 semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring).  Students are required to complete 24 hours of core courses and complete practicum hours over 5 semesters.

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