2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

Applied Behavior Analysis Track

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board has approved two course sequences and an intensive practicum at MSU Billings.  The following course sequences and intensive practicum will enable students to apply for a behavior analyst professional exam.  There are two levels in credentialing behavior analysts:  Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA – master’s level) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA – bachelor’s level).  Applicants wishing to take the behavior analyst exams are encouraged to contact the BACB directly at www.bacb.com.  The information is provided to assist students who wish to benefit from BACB courses.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has approved the following course sequences.

To qualify for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification Exam, a student must take these courses:

  Credits
SPED 502 Research in Special Programs 3
SPED 515 Ethics in Education and Human Services 3
SPED 520 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 551 Assessment and Program Planning for Special Populations 3
SPED 574 Data-Based Instruction 3
SPED 580 Autism Spectrum Disorders:  Characteristics and Interventions 3

To qualify for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Certification Exam, a student must take these courses:

  Credits
SPED 520 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 551 Assessment and Program Planning for Special Populations 3
SPED 574 Data Based Instruction 3

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has approved the following intensive practicum.

To meet the supervised experience (intensive practicum) requirement for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), students must take one class in the approved course sequence as a prerequisite, and may then apply for internship.

  Credits
SPED 590 Internship in ABA:  1st 15-week semester 5
SPED 590 Internship in ABA:  2nd 15-week semester 5
SPED 590 Internship in ABA:  3rd 15-week semester 5

To meet the supervised experience (intensive practicum) requirement for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), students must take one class in the approved course sequence as a prerequisite, and may then apply for internship.

  Credits
SPED 590 Internship in ABA:  1st 15-week semester 5
SPED 590 Internship in ABA:  2nd 15-week semester 5

Courses in the BACB approved sequences may be included in a Master of Science in Special Education.

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