WCSU Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Stephanie Kuhn, BCBA-D Graduate Coordinator, 304
Phone: (203) 837-3206
kuhns@wcsu.edu
Ana Cangialosi, Dept. Secretary, WS 129
Phone: (203) 837-8510
Fax: (203) 837-8413      
cangialosia@wcsu.edu

 

Faculty: A. Brewer, J. Burke, S. Kuhn.

California residents attending this online program at Western Connecticut State University are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Program Overview and Mission

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a requirement of thirty credits. The program is housed in the Education and Educational Psychology Department. The M.S. in ABA offers courses of study students can apply toward advanced degrees or toward careers as Board-Certified Behavior Analysts.

Western offers two options to pursue the applied behavior analysis coursework. You can pursue the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis or pursue the certificate (certificate requires acceptable graduate degree). All of the courses are offered online. Requirements for both options are listed below.

The mission of Western Connecticut State University’s ABA program is to provide high-quality behavior analytic instruction to practitioners.  We offer courses with advanced online technology in an academic environment dedicated to education and research.

Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge of the basic skills, underlying principles of applied behavior analysis. In addition, students will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge of the application of practice-oriented skills in applied behavior analysis. The goal of the program is to provide instruction such that students are professionally competent and proficient in all areas of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and such that students are prepared the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Examination provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®.

1. Use assistive technology to promote the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening with individuals with developmental disabilities who require behavioral modifications.

2. Prepare and submit a competitive grant proposal to a public or private organization.

3. Evaluate research for utility in the practice of diagnosing and treating individuals with developmental disabilities or behavior modification needs.

4. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in all areas of the Behavior Analyst Task List Fifth Edition.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to be admitted to the M.S. in ABA must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

 1. Application for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. Online Application  (Application deadline for fall: March 1st / for spring: November 1st)

 2. Applicants for the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

 3. One official transcript mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions from each college or university previously attended, including all earned grades and degree

 4. Applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) must be at least a 2.8 for admission into program.

 5. Applicant must submit professional resume/vitae.

 6. Applicant must submit response to the following essay question:

     In a single, double-spaced page please tell us why you believe you are a good “fit” for Western Connecticut State University’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. To evaluate your application, it will be helpful to have the following information such as why do you wish to pursue a career in ABA, what are your goals upon earning a degree, and what are some experiences that you feel prepare you for success in our program (e.g., relevant coursework, GPA, job, etc.)?

Transcripts can be sent to: Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 or sent as an attachment to Graduate Admissions

Degree Requirements

  1. Board Certified Behavior Analyst Core Coursework: EPY655, EPY656, EPY657, EPY658, EPY 659 and EPY660, for a total of 22 credits and 330 classroom hours of graduate level instruction (see Coursework below) in the following content areas and for the number of hours specified:
    A. Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis – 45 hours,
    B. Philosophical Underpinnings of Behavior Analysis – 45 hours,
    C. Measurement, Data Display, and Interpretation; Experimental Design – 60 hours,
    D. Behavior Assessment -45 hours,
    E. Behavior-Change Procedures; Selecting and Implementing Interventions -60 hours,
    F. Personnel Supervision and Management -30 hours,
    G. BACB Compliance code and Disciplinary Systems – 45 hours.
  2. Complete an additional eight credits in Applied Behavior Analysis: EPY651, EPY652, and EPY653.
  3. Students whose work is of marginal quality, less than a B, in all M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis courses or who demonstrate personal qualities that are not conducive to the role of Board Certified Behavior Analyst will not be recommended for continuation in the program.
  4. Students are required to visit http://bacb.com regularly and keep up to date with all requirements to sit for the examination and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Students are required to be knowledgeable about any and all licensure laws are requirements in that state in which he/she plans to practice.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR EXAM ELIGIBILITY

Students must complete experience that fully compliances with the BACB experience standards within three choices: supervised independent fieldwork (1500 hours), or practicum (1000 hours), or intensive practicum (750 hours). The fieldwork experience is done independent of WCSU. The coursework, fieldwork experience and other requirements specified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board is required for eligibility to take the BCBA examination. http://bacb.com

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (30 SH)  (All courses are 100% online.)

Completion of the following:

Entering Fall Student Course Sequence/Requirements 30 SH
EPY 655 Introduction to Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis 3 SH     (fall I)
EPY 658 Advanced Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis 4 SH     (fall I)
EPY 656 Behavior Assessment 4 SH     (spring)
EPY 659 Methods and Measurement in Applied Behavior Analysis 4 SH     (spring)
EPY 660 Ethics and Professional Issues 3 SH     (summer )
EPY 651 Assistive Technology for Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH     (summer)
EPY 652 Grant Writing in Applied Behavior Analysis 2 SH     (summer)
EPY 657 Behavior Change Procedures 4 SH     (fall II)
EPY 653 Research in Applied Behavior Analysis Literature 3 SH     (fall II)

 

Entering Spring Student Course Sequence/Requirements 30 SH
EPY 655 Introduction to Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis 3 SH     (spring I)
EPY 658 Advanced Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis 4 SH     (spring I)
EPY 651 Assistive Technology for Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH     (summer)
EPY 660 Ethics and Professional Issues 3 SH     (summer)
EPY 652 Grant Writing for Applied Behavior Analysis 2 SH     (summer)
EPY 656 Behavior Assessment 4 SH     (fall)
EPY 656 Methods and Measurement in Applied Behavior Analysis 4 SH     (fall)
EPY 657 Behavior Change Procedures 4 SH     (spring II)
EPY 653 Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH     (spring II)

 

All courses must be taken in this sequence outlined above. Due to the program sequence, transfer credits are not accepted.

 

CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination (I.e., degree and experience).

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certificate
This 22-credit, six-course sequence is designed for candidates who have completed an acceptable graduate degree from an accredited university. The six-course sequence is a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) and meets the coursework requirement to be eligible for certification. The candidate will be required to complete additional requirements for certification. Visit http://www.bacb.com  for more information.
BCaBA

Additional Information for both programs:

Students are required to visit http://bacb.com regularly and keep up to date with all requirements to sit for the examination and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Students whose work is of marginal quality, less than a B, in all M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis courses or who demonstrate personal qualities that are not conducive to the role of Board Certified Behavior Analyst will not be recommended for continuation in the program.

Tuition: For more information regarding tuition costs and fees go to http://www.wcsu.edu/registration/grad-tuition.asp

Academic calendar: For more information regarding the start date of classes and other important dates go to: http://www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/currentacadcal.asp

Task List course content allocation:

Fifth Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA (Begins Fall 2019)

Fourth Edition Task List Course Contet Allocation Hours for BCBA

Third Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA

 

Certification Examination Pass rates:  https://www.bacb.com/verified-course-sequences/