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Out of the classroom and into the world

Majors in BAT have a number of options to take what they learned in the classroom right out into the world.

Every student enrolls in a practicum course as well as an internship course which will allow for placement at the SIUC Autism Center, Evaluation and Developmental Center, Project 12 Ways, or a variety of other off-campus clinical sites. In these placements, the student will work side-by-side with current behavior analysts to learn the tools of the trade, and to practice the techniques of the classroom in carefully supervised clinical settings. Work 1-1 with persons with autism, intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, or mental health disorders. See how the power of behavior analysis can make real lives better. Regardless of where you are placed for practicum, one thing is for sure – you will be confident in your skills upon graduation that you too are now a behavior analyst.

Get Involved in Science

Although not a formal and required part of the degree program besides the masters thesis, students are encouraged to participate as research assistants in any of the various research projects that faculty and doctoral students are involved with. The range of topics is vast, and the experiences are priceless. Imagine that you could help discover how to get children with autism to speak, or uncover the mysteries of why people get addicted to gambling, or well, how cockroaches can develop long-term memories. Don’t just read about science – be part of it here at SIUC.

Behavioral Analysis and Therapy Clinical Experience:

The Behavior Analysis and Therapy program’s faculty have developed a wide range of opportunities for students to gain clinical experience in the field, based off of their major areas of interest within behavior analysis. Some of the areas of focus for our students include how our behavior effect our health, the language and cognitive development of young children with autism, eating and potty training behaviors in children, occupational behavior management, or social skill development with teens and young adults. Many of the clinical experiences offered on campus are equipped to offer students an opportunity to record experience hours on site, while being immersed in a hands on environment.