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CURRICULUM

The curriculum promotes knowledge of contemporary issues in the discipline both formally and informally. First, all instructors are responsible for updating their syllabi each time the course is offered with an emphasis placed on keeping content current, and how emerging findings in the field may alter the readings/discussion in the course. This activity is to some degree modulated by content changes requested by BACB approved coursework. Second, the course dedicated to Professional and Ethical Practices emphasizes current events, issues, and topics as a product of its topical area.

Coursework

The BAT Program requires a minimum of 45 semester hours for the Masters degree, 36 of which are in required courses listed below.  You may select the balance of your hours in consultation with your advisor.

Required Classroom Courses BAT Core Usually Offered
BAT 503 (3) Basic Behavior Analysis Fall
BAT 507 (3) Behavioral Consultation/Management Summer
BAT 508 (3) Complex Behavior Analysis Spring
BAT 509A (3) Research Designs (Single Subject) Fall
BAT 509B (3) Research Designs (Group) Summer
BAT 512 (3) Legal & Ethical Issues Summer
BAT 535 (3) Behavioral Observation Methods Fall
REHB 589 / BAT 529* (3) Radical Behaviorism I Spring
REHB 589 / BAT 526* (3) Applications of Behavior Analysis Fall
BAT 594* (3) Practicum Spring
BAT 595* (9) Internship Fall and Spring
Required Individual Courses
BAT 593 (6)  Research After 2nd sem.
BAT 599 (6) Thesis After 2nd sem.

*PREREQUISITES:

BAT 503, 508 (or co-requisite), 509A, and 535 must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in 526, 529.

BAT 503, 509A, and 535 must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in 594 (practicum).

BAT 594 (practicum) must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in 595 (internship).

INTERNSHIP

The student must complete satisfactorily 9 hours of REHB 595 (Internship in Rehabilitation) under the supervision of a behavior analysis and therapy faculty member. The internship is typically begun following two semesters of course work.

RESEARCH PAPER OR THESIS

The student must complete satisfactorily 3 to 6 hours of REHB 593 (Research in Rehabilitation) or REHB 599 (Thesis) under the direction of a chairperson. The chairperson is a member of the behavior analysis and therapy faculty selected by mutual agreement between the student and the faculty member. For the research paper, an additional graduate faculty member may be selected by mutual agreement between the student and the chairperson to serve as a reader. This is not required. For the thesis, a second faculty member of the behavior analysis and therapy program will be selected by mutual agreement between the student and the chairperson to serve as thesis committee member. The committee will review the thesis prior to its initiation, as a prospectus, and after its completion, in an oral defense. At the oral defense, a third graduate faculty member, selected by mutual agreement between all parties, will be added to the committee to serve as a reader.

Additional Information

On-Campus Handbook

On-Campus/Hybrid Course Tracker

BCBA Coursework Hour Content Areas (5th Edition)

BCBA Exam Pass Rates