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Applied Behavior Analysis Training Program


In conjunction with a primary specialization in Early Childhood, High Incidence, or Severe Disabilities at either the master's or doctoral level, students may apply to complete the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training program. This program offers a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB1)-compliant course sequence that entails five mandatory classes and one elective class (determined by the student’s primary specialization).

SPED 3013: Introduction to Single-Subject Research Methodology
SPED 3017: Experimental Analysis of Behavior
SPED 3210: Management Procedures for Academic and Social Behavior
SPED 3850: Administering Ethical Behavior Analytic Services
SPED 3860: Advanced Procedures in Classroom Management

Elective (one course)
SPED 3230: Research Methods in Special Education
SPED 3300: Methods of Instruction of Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
SPED 3400: Foundations of Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education

Students accepted into this program are expected to accumulate supervised field experiences prerequisite to board certification ( Department-facilitated field experiences include a combination of ABA-related research opportunities and internship experiences.

ABA training culminates in the successful completion of a capstone project (applied project, thesis, or clinical case manager). Capstone projects are socially significant behavior analytic projects that require students to assume a leadership role and integrate skills acquired during ABA coursework and field experiences.

1 The BACB is a nonprofit organization that credentials behavior analysts who have completed a BACB-approved course sequence, have accrued sufficient field experience hours, and have demonstrated proficiency identifying and describing behavior analytic principles, processes, and concepts as evidenced by a passing score on a mandatory computerized exam prior to board certification (for more information about the BACB and certification process, visit

For more information please contact Dr. Joseph Lambert