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Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Established in 2009 as the first graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis degree program is a leader in advancing the natural science of behavior and its application in the region.

The Program prepares students to meet the behavioral challenges and needs of the community by delivering a comprehensive curriculum in the conceptual foundation, methodologies, and technologies that inform a natural science of behavior. Through this training, students learn to apply strategies and tactics grounded in the principles of the science to a variety of behaviors and contexts. The Program’s mission is to produce effective, ethical, and compassionate behavior analysts committed to using the science of behavior to better lives.

The following 6 guidelines embody the values and related behaviors the Program promotes to its students and faculty.

  1. Be excellent, diligent, and inquisitive in your studies.
  2. Be involved, curious, and enthusiastic about your education.
  3. Be respectful, cooperative, and helpful towards your colleagues.
  4. Be responsible, tenacious, and creative when applying your science.
  5. Be sincere, empathic, and patient with your clients.
  6. Be honest, reliable, and ethical in all your interactions.

The Program offers comprehensive face-to-face training extending across the conceptual, experimental, and applied domains that inform a natural science of behavior. Moreover, as a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® Approved Course Sequence (ACS) and pre-approved Intensive Practicum site, the Program is able to provide its students with the opportunities to fulfill both the coursework and experiential requirements needed to sit for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® examination upon graduating. Spalding University partners with local organizations to provide diverse practical training opportunities for students enrolled in the Program. Historically, practical training has occurred with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other developmental disabilities ranging in age from 5-70+ years, in locations such as schools, intensive care facilities, hospitals, and homes. To best prepare students for a variety of professional positions, practical training focuses on working individually with clients and training others, such as parents and staff, to implement behavior acquisition and reduction protocols. Students receive individual and group supervision each week from Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Group supervision focuses on data presentations, analysis, and discussions to help strengthen professional behaviors.

The Program is based on a cohort model and uses a traditional semester-based schedule. A group of 20 or fewer students completes a prescribed sequence of courses across 4 intensive consecutive semesters (i.e., Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall). During each semester students are enrolled in 2 didactic courses and 1 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.


Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis

The Kentucky Analysis for Behavior (KYABA) chapter was founded by Spalding University’s Applied Behavior Analysis Faculty and Students. To view more information about KYABA please visit the website at the following link www.KentuckyABA.org.