Applied Behavior Analysis

Overview

Personal, high quality instruction from leading behavior analytic researchers awaits students in the Online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs at Purdue University. Students will become leaders in the field of ABA working in settings such as schools, homes, community and clinical environments. Students will use their knowledge of behavior analytic principles to teach new behaviors and decrease undesired behaviors, particularly in the areas of education or human services.

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The program offers two options; Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis or a Purdue Graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. The coursework for both programs has been verified to meet the course requirement under the 5th Edition Task List required to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional state or board requirements to qualify.

Both programs are offered fully online or hybrid.

Additional key points:
Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis:

  • For prospective students who need or want a Master’s
  • Only 30 credit hours
  • Opportunity to engage in independent research with faculty with expertise in applied behavior analysis

Purdue Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis:

  • Options for prospective students who already have a Master’s degree
  • Only 21 credits hours and can be completed in 1 year

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination Certification

The coursework sequence has been verified to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analysist (BCBA) Examination. ® offered through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

In addition to the coursework, the BACB requires completion of 1500 -2000 hours of supervised fieldwork, the details for which can be found at bacb.com, prior to eligibility to sit for the exam. It is important to note that each individual state may also have state-established credentialing requirements and it is up to the student to become familiar with those standards the state in which he/she will be working. State licensure information can be found here: https://www.bacb.com/u-s-licensure-of-behavior-analysts/ Because obtaining a BCBA credential is often the most efficient way of acquiring licensure in any state and is often recognized by insurance companies in states without licensure, the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at Purdue University are designed to help students meet the criteria for the BCBA. Again, in many states, including Indiana, obtaining a BCBA credential makes individual’s eligible for licensure.

Our Faculty

Limited Term Lecturer Special EducationEducational Studies
Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean of Education & Professor Special EducationEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-2336 Website: Vita
Limited Term Lecturer Special EducationEducational Studies
Associate Professor Coordinator Applied Behavior Analysis Programs, Special EducationEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7238 Website: Vita Website: Autism Behavior Intervention Lab
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