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Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis

BACB ApprovedAssociation for Behavior Analysis International

McNeese State University's Master of Arts In Psychology program with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)The program prepares master's level graduates to practice in community settings as applied behavior analysts.  It provides the academic training and supervised experience necessary for graduates to apply for national board certification in behavior analysis.  Training emphasizes the development of both assessment and intervention skills.

The student is required to complete 24 hours of core credits and 27 credit hours of ABA concentration classes for a total of 51 credit hours. This is a non-thesis program that includes a practicum and internship. All practicum and internship placements are in the McNeese Autism Program and/or the Clinical Applied Behavior Analysis Academy. The Psychology Department also has human and animal operant lab facilities with which students can gain experience in single-subject procedures.

Required Coursework

View the Online Catalog for requirements.

Course Sequence

Fall 1

  • PSYC 647 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 617 - Behavioral Assessment
  • PSYC 603 - Principles of Learning
  • PSYC 605 - Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis(1 cr)

Interim (1 or 2)

  • PSYC 622 - Psychopathology

Spring 1

  • PSYC 612 - Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 628 - Applied Behavior Analysis Interventions
  • PSYC 626 - Social & Cultural Diversity

Summer 1

  • PSYC 621 - Applied Research Methods
  • PSYC 625 - Ethics for Behavior Analysts

Fall 2

  • PSYC 571 - Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 615 - Verbal Behavior
  • PSYC 658 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Spring 2

  • PSYC 620 - Single-Subject Methodology
  • PSYC 639 - Human Growth & Development
  • PSYC 694 - Intern I

Summer 2

  • PSYC 695 - Intern II

Fall 3

  • PSYC 696 - Intern III
  • PSYC 600 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis

Career Opportunities

Behavior analysts function as individual clinicians or are employed in organizations in numerous fields including education, behavioral medicine, mental health, disability, children's services, business and institutions of higher learning.

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