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Make a difference in the lives of children and adults, helping them understand their behavior with an MS in Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorder specialization from Capella University. You’ll have access to courses that teach how to help individuals and their families better communicate with each other, improve social skills and discover their highest potential. This program is designed to prepare you to bring positive change in home, clinical, community and agency settings.
Coursework includes conducting behavioral and skills assessments, developing intervention and support plans, collecting and analyzing data, and supervising and managing.
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Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
In this course, learners gain knowledge about the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Learners practice navigating ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the practice of behavior analysis. Learners gain perspective on how to weight risks and benefits associated with the implementation of behavior change procedures. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7708. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
Measurement and Research in Applied Behavior Analysis
In this course, learners gain knowledge on measurement, data display, and experimental methods commonly used in applied behavior analysis. Learners distinguish the different types of measurement that may be used and determine the conditions under which certain types should be used. Learners gain knowledge about single-subject design as well as different types of research methods used in behavior analysis. Prerequisite(s): PSY7708, PSY7710, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7709. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Early Intervention
In this course, learners identify diagnostic criteria related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Learners explore research, treatments, and assessments targeted for children diagnosed with ASD. Learners develop an individualized ASD intervention plan, which incorporates collaboration, compassionate practices, and the specific diagnostic and environmental circumstances of the child. For MS in Applied Behavior Analysis and PhD in Behavior Analysis learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
Lifespan Interventions and Autism Spectrum Disorder
In this course, learners assess a variety of strengths and challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder at different ages and stages of life. Learners evaluate varied interventions associated with different times of life, including childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and geriatric. For MS in Applied Behavior Analysis and PhD in Behavior Analysis learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program, Autism Spectrum Disorder specialization, combines foundational knowledge of major competency areas in the behavior analytic field with specialized knowledge in autism spectrum disorder.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
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A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$510 per credit, 60 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. Books, supplies, and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs.
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The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified this seven-course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.
*Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.
Applicants to the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
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Earning an MS in Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorder specialization from Capella University can help prepare you to reach both your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MS in Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorder specialization.
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