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The Capella Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) helps you understand why people engage in certain behaviors and how to apply behavioral knowledge to help improve lives. Our program prepares you to assess behavior, collect and analyze data, identify areas for change, and develop and implement interventions for children and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other intellectual disabilities. This program includes a five-course sequence that has been verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and meets the educational requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA) examination.*
*Applicants must meet additional requirements to qualify.
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Applied Behavior Analysis Foundations
In this course, learners gain an understanding of the applied behavior analysis field, including its history, purpose, and careers. Learners acquire foundational knowledge of the major applied behavior analysis theories, concepts, and terminology and apply that knowledge to the process of developing and evaluating behavioral interventions. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|6 quarter credits|
Applied Behavior Analysis Research and Interventions
In this course, learners examine research methods and designs used in applied behavior analysis. Learners conduct literature reviews to explore research-based practices in the field and practice selecting research-supported treatment designs. In particular, learners develop their knowledge and skills in designing single-subject experiments, identifying and selecting measurement systems, collecting and interpreting data, and conducting research with integrity. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4002 with a grade of “C” or higher. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|6 quarter credits|
Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment
In this course, learners apply knowledge gained in PSYC4001 to the assessment of challenging behaviors. Learners examine assessment techniques in applied behavior analysis and basic applications in applied behavior analysis. Learners apply assessment techniques based on theory and principles of applied behavior analysis. Learners also identify behaviors for change, select assessment techniques, and analyze outcomes of assessment results. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4003 with a grade of “C” or higher. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|6 quarter credits|
Applied Behavior Analysis Behavior-Change Procedures and Interventions
Learners in this course develop skills related to behavior-change procedures. Learners select and implement intervention strategies to change clients’ behavior through the practice of applied behavior analysis. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4004 with a grade of “C” or higher. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|6 quarter credits|
Ethics for Assistant Behavior Analysts
Learners in this course build foundational knowledge of ethical practices that guide professional behavior in the applied behavior analysis field. Learners develop a working knowledge of ethical principles and standards in the field by analyzing cases from an ethical perspective and applying ethical principles and standards to each case example. Learners also demonstrate their understanding of ethics as they develop multicultural competence in applied behavior analysis practice. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4001 with a grade of “C” or higher. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|6 quarter credits|
Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management: Supervision and Performance Management
Learners are introduced to the application of behavior-analytic principles to organizational behavior. Learners apply evidenced-based supervision practices to the supervision of behavior-analytic programs. Learners set up a system to teach others how to carry out a treatment plan, assess performance issues, and ensure proper adherence to the implementation of behavior plans. Learners develop skills in how to apply compassionate approaches consistent with behavior-analytic principles in their supervisory practices. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4005 with a grade of “C” or higher. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|6 quarter credits|
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This specialization provides you with a foundational knowledge of major competency areas in the applied behavior analysis field. The curriculum focuses on foundational behavior analysis theories, concepts and techniques, research methods and ethical standards to which professionals in the applied behavior analysis field must adhere.
The coursework prepares you to interpret research studies in applied behavior analysis, identify behavioral problems through assessment, select targeted behaviors for change and conduct consultations. You’ll also develop your ability to design, implement and evaluate culturally appropriate and ethical behavioral interventions under the supervision of a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
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The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$365 per 1000-2000 level credit $415 per 3000-4000 level credit, $150 resource kit fee, 180 total quarter credits, 120 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.
Capella is committed to transparency in its tuition and pricing. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for additional costs, which may include an application fee, travel expenses, and practicum costs. A resource kit fee of $50-$200, charged quarterly or per billing session, covers the cost of required books, software, and other course materials. Click here to review program-specific fee amounts in our University Catalog.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2022–2023
The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination:
Applicants to the BS in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis program must provide the following information for admission:
SAT and ACT are not required for admission.
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If you live outside the U.S. or aren’t a U.S. citizen, you may be considered an international student.
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The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
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.
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