Master of Science Program of Study


Spalding University’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The 43-credit hour M.S. Program is based on a cohort model and uses a traditional semester-based schedule. Each August a group of 20 or fewer students is admitted into the Program and completes a prescribed sequence of courses across four intensive consecutive semesters (i.e., Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall). During each semester students are enrolled in two didactic courses and one practicum course. Additionally, in their final semester students are enrolled in a comprehensive examination course designed to assess their competency with previous content and prepare them for their certification examinations following graduation.

FALL

ABA 620: Principles of Behavior (3 credits)
This course will survey the basic principles, processes, and procedures that form the foundation of a natural science of behavior.

ABA 621: Origins & Philosophy of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
This course will introduce the historical origins and unique epistemology of behavior analysis.

ABA 622: Practicum I (4 credits)
The supervised application of the basic principles of behavior analysis in a service setting.

SPRING

ABA 624: Experimental Design, Measurement, and Evaluation (3 credits)
This course will review the methodologies used in behavior analytic experimentation, research, and practice.

ABA 625: Practicum II (4 credits)
The supervised application of behavior problem identification, behavior-change considerations, and behavioral measurement in a service setting.

ABA 626: Applied Behavior Analysis I (3 credits)
This course will review assessment strategies and techniques used in applied behavior analysis.

SUMMER

ABA 623: Professional and Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
This course will review the ethical codes of conduct adhered to by behavior analysts and professional issues relevant to the practice of applied behavior analysis.

ABA 627: Applied Behavior Analysis II (3 credits)
This course will review intervention strategies and techniques used in applied behavior analysis.

ABA 628: Practicum III (4 credits)
The supervised application of behavioral assessment, intervention, and instructional systems in a service setting.

FALL

ABA 629: Behavior Analysis and Learning (3 credits)
This course will survey the major empirical research characterizing the experimental analysis of behavior.

ABA 630: Verbal Behavior (3 credits)
This course will introduce a functional analysis of language, including a survey of the major classes of verbal operants and their relevance to applied behavior analysis.

ABA 631: Practicum IV (4 credits)
The supervised application of case management and behavioral programming for generalization, and maintenance in a service setting.

ABA 632: Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)
This course will survey and assess behavior analytic skills, client-centered responsibilities, and foundational knowledge related to behavior analytic science and practice.