Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Help people with autism and developmental disabilities engage more successfully with the world when you choose the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specialization. ABA is an evidence-based therapy used with both adults and children, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Learn to use the principles of human behavior to transform problem behaviors, build positive social skills, and improve lives.

This specialization offers a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), which meets the coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.1 Graduates of this program who wish to pursue certification must also complete a period of supervised practical experience as defined by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB®). Walden does not offer the fieldwork component required for the BCBA exam.

Completion Requirements

  • 63 total quarter credits

This course sequence represents the minimum credit requirement for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of credits required for program completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Courses

The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PSYC 6002 Course Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6200 Course Themes and Theories of Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6701 Course Culture and Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 6110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6731 Course Principles of Behavioral Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6800 Course Applied Psychology Research Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6733 Course Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Behavioral Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6734 Course Introduction to Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6735 Course Research Methods for Behavioral Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6736 Course Advanced Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6737 Course Applications and Special Topics in Applied Behavioral Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 6393 Course MS in Psychology Capstone Credits (5 cr.)
1The MS in Psychology program’s Applied Behavior Analysis specialization has been designed to offer acceptable graduate coursework in behavior analysis (Verified Course Sequence as approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International and accepted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board) and prepare students to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam, which is administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). Walden University does not offer the fieldwork experience required for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information on applying for certification from BACB®, visit www.bacb.com/bcba.
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