Psychology

BACB Course Sequence

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify (see below).

PSYC 3400 INTRODUCTION TO LEARNING
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101
Introduction to the variables and processes responsible for conditioning and learning in humans and non humans. Application of principles and real-world examples. In the B.S. degree it counts as an elective only.

PSYC 5060U/G BASIC BEHAVIOR PRINCIPLES AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101
Basic principles of behavior analysis, the definition and characteristics of applied behavior analysis, and behavior change procedures, including positive and negative reinforcement, schedules of reinforcement, punishment, imitation, shaping and chaining, extinction, differential reinforcement, and antecedent interventions.

PSYC 5061U/G ADVANCED BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT
Prerequisite: PSYC 5060U/G
Measurement of behavior, displaying and interpreting behavioral data, experimental evaluation of interventions, selecting intervention outcomes and strategies, behavioral assessment, and ethical considerations. Includes selecting and defining target behaviors, examination of single-subject experimental designs, planning and evaluating behavior analysis research, and functional behavior assessment, and a practicum experience.

PSYC 5062U/G ADVANCED BEHAVIOR CHANGE TECHNIQUES
Prerequisite: PSYC 5061U/G
Seminar course in which students design, implement, and evaluate behavior change programs to practice selection of intervention outcomes and strategies, behavioral measurement and assessment, use behavior change procedures and systems support.

  • Completion of the course sequence, a bachelor's degree, and supervised experience qualifies the student to apply for the national exam to be certified as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).
  • Students may begin accumulating supervised experience after coursework is started. Armstrong students presently fall under the Supervised Independent Fieldwork, 1000 hours (10-25 hr/wk, 3wk/mo); 50 hours supervised (25 of which must be one-to-one with supervisor).
  • The department will provide assistance in helping the students find appropriate supervised experience at appropriate sites.
  • Interested students should contact Dr. Jane Wong, AASU Psychology Department (912.344.2762).
  • Additional information regarding degree requirement, coursework requirements, experience requirements, and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam application process may be found at Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

(open to students who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis ………………18-22 hours
     PSYC 1101 or 1101H – Introduction to Psychology
One course selected from:
     PSYC 3160 – Clinical Psychology
     PSYC 3200 – Industrial and Organizational Psychology
     PSYC 3800 – Health Psychology
PSYC 3400 – Introduction to Learning OR both PSYC 4090 and PSYC 4091 – Learning and
Behavior/Learning and Behavior Laboratory
PSYC 4130 – Senior Internship
PSYC5060U – Basic Behavior Principles and Behavior Change
PSYC 5061U – Advanced Behavioral Assessment
PSYC 5062U – Advanced Behavior Change Techniques

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