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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.
Dr. Stephanie Kuhn, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Professor
Phone: (203) 837-3206
Dr. Adam Brewer, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Professor
Phone: (203) 837-8541
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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 candidates can apply toward advanced degrees or toward careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts.
The mission of Western Connecticut State University’s Applied Behavior Analysis 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.
Learning Goals and Objectives
Candidates will be able to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge of the basic skills, underlying principles of applied behavior analysis. In addition, candidates will demonstrate mastery of practical skills in applied behavior analysis. The goal of the program is to ensure candidates are professionally competent and proficient in all areas of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and are prepared for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Examination.
1. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles that underlie the science of behavior analysis and to application of those concepts and principles to the practice of the profession.
2. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of the process and procedures for implementing functional behavioral assessment procedures as well as the application of applied behavior analysis-based intervention procedures.
3. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of research design and procedures in applied behavior analysis.
Applicants who wish to be admitted to the M.S. in ABA must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
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
You can also see it in the graduate catalog here:
Disclaimer: State laws related to licensure of behavior analysts vary and can change over time. The ABA program at WCSU currently meets with education requirements for licensure in CT and most other states. However, licensure requirements vary by state and it is the responsibility of the applicant to be knowledgeable about licensure requirements in the state in which he or she may plan to apply for licensure. Please note that the ABA program at WCSU does not currently meet the education requirements for NY State.
Candidates who started the program prior to Fall 2019 can find degree requirements here:
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR CERTIFICATION EXAM ELIGIBILITY
Candidates must complete experience that fully compliances with the BACB experience standards. This experience consists of supervised independent fieldwork (1500 hours). The fieldwork experience is completed independent of WCSU.
Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Courses (30 SH) – all courses are online
Cohorts are admitted in the fall semester and in the spring semester. The program follows the WCSU semester calendar. The completion of the following courses is required:
SH = Semester Hours (credits)
All courses must be taken in this sequence outlined above.
Transfer credits are not accepted.
CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
This 22-credit, six-course sequence is designed for candidates who have completed an acceptable graduate degree from an accredited university. The certificate program is Verified Course Sequence (VCS) and meets the coursework requirement to be eligible for certification per the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. The candidate will be required to complete additional requirements for certification (i.e., supervised independent fieldwork, completing an acceptable graduate program from an accredited university, and receiving a passing score on the certification examination). Admission requirements for the certificate program are identical to the admission requirements for the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis (see above).
Visit http://www.bacb.com for more information.
(all courses are online)
Important Information for both programs:
Candidates 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.
Candidates 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 https://www.wcsu.edu/registration/grad-tuition/
Academic calendar: For more information regarding the start date of classes and other important dates go to: https://www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/current-academic-calendar/
Task List course content allocation:
Fifth Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA (Begins Fall 2019)
Fourth Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA
Third Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA
Certification Examination Pass rates for universities: https://www.bacb.com/university-pass-rates/