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Students will complete this 45-credit hour program over 18 months. Courses will be delivered in a hybrid format, in which half of the course contact hours will be face-to-face and the other half will be online. Course meetings are scheduled with working professionals in mind. 

Fall Admission: Hybrid format requires 50% face-to-face course meetings on campus at the Modesto Maidique Campus. As of Fall 2020, the face-to-face component of the program is being held remotely via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions. The program has plans to return to campus for in-person class meetings as soon as it is safe to do so. Classes will usually meet once per week each semester between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Subject is scheduled to change. Fall admission cohort students must complete their supervised practicum experience during their second, third, and final semesters in the program. 

Spring Admission: Hybrid format requires 50% live meetings via Zoom. These synchronus course meetings will usually take place twice a week, starting at or after 5:00PM EST. Students in this hyrid-remote cohort must identify an eligible site to complete their supervised practicum experience in their local community during their second, third, and final semesters in the program. 

Students in both cohorts must complete a practicum and capstone project as part of the supervised research courses and their practicum experience. The practicum is designed to allow students the option to complete 1,500 hours of Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork, and thus graduate from the program having met all of the requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. Exam preparation is included in the curriculum.

For more information, consult the Graduate Catalog or contact us at behavior@fiu.edu.

Schedule

The course schedule is subject to change.

Semester 1

  • EAB 5700 Introduction to the Concepts & Principles of ABA (VCS)
  • EAB 5797 Single Case Research Methods (VCS)
  • EAB 6780 Ethical Code in BA (VCS)

Semester 2

  • EAB 5701 Behavior Assessment (VCS)
  • EAB 6770 Behavior Technologies (VCS)
  • EAB 6941 Practicum in Behavior Analysis
  • EAB 5917 Supervised Research in Behavior Analysis

Semester 3

  • EAB 6707 Advanced Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis (VCS)
  • EAB 6717 Science and Practice of Verbal Behavior (VCS)
  • EAB 6941 Practicum in Behavior Analysis
  • EAB 5917 Supervised Research in Behavior Analysis
  • EAB 5937 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis

Semester 4

  • DEP 5068 Applied Lifespan Development
  • EAB 6941 Practicum in Behavior Analysis
  • EAB 5917 Supervised Research in Behavior Analysis
  • EAB 5937 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 5939 Special Topics: Professional Career Development in ABA

Courses

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.

DEP 5068 Applied Lifespan Development (3). This course is designed to acquaint the student with various applications in life-span developmental psychology. An overview of general issues and areas of application is offered, and specific applications are considered.

EAB 5700 Introduction to the Concepts and Principles of ABA (3). In depth study of learning principles and methods of behavior change and complex learning processes, including Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior.

EAB 5701 Advanced Methods of Behavior Change (3). Behavior analytic assessment including descriptive assessment and functional analysis, identification of behavior function, assessment of skill deficits, and identifying treatment goals

EAB 5797 Single-Case Research Methods (3). Intensive study of designs, strategies, and methods of single-case behavioral research. Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

EAB 5937 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis (1). Clinical applications of the science of behavior analysis are broad. Students will expand their breadth and depth of knowledge of the field by learning how the applications of the science apply to clinical populations outside of autism.

EAB 5917 Supervised Research (2-3). Dedicated to supervised research in applied behavior analysis including for the non-thesis completion project.

EAB 6005 Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (3). A critical examination of the theory, concepts, and principles of applied behavior analysis. The course will cover historical figures and events that led to the development of the field. Prerequisite: Graduate standing

EAB 6717 Applications of Behavior Analysis to Autism Spectrum Disorder (3). Behavior is analyzed by function. Structural and developmental issues as well as implications for language training and ethical application integrated throughout. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

EAB 6770 Behavioral Technologies (3). Evaluating interventions, staff training, managing treatment teams, as well as, data-based evaluation of teaching procedures, behavior outcomes and team member performance. May be taken twice for credit.

EAB 6780 Ethical Code in Behavior Analysis (3). Ethical issues in clinical Behavior Analysis are examined including selecting behavior targets, monitoring intervention success, and transferring control to existing environmental contingencies.

EAB 6941 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3). This course provides students with supervised experience in designing and implementing behavior plans.

PSY 5939 Special Topics in Psychology: Professional Career Development in ABA (3). A graduate-level course on career applications of behavior analysis and preparing students for life after graduation. This course reviews and prepares students for BCBA certification exam based on 5thedition task list content and stimulates activities for career preparation.

 

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Practicum

Regardless the admission cohort a student belongs to, they will enroll in EAB 6941 Practicum in Behavior Analysis during the second, third and final semester of the program, for a total of 9 credits of practicum. Students may accrue up to 1,500 hours of Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork, and thus graduate from the program having met all of the requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. Students must complete the minimum practicum requirements to graduate from the program.

Note: It is not required to accrue all 1,500 or 2000 hours of fieldwork hours while enrolled in the program to successfully graduate with your degree.

Regardless of the number of practicum hours worked per month, the following BACB requirements must be met at an approved or affiliated practicum site:

  • No fewer than 20 practicum hours accrued in a calendar month
  • Monthly supervision of at least 5% of total experience hours
  • Individual supervision must be at least 50% of all supervision hours
  • Unrestricted activities must be a minimum of 60% of total hours
  • A minimum of 4 supervisory contacts per calendar month, for at least 15 minutes each time
  • At least one direct observation conducted by the supervisor each calendar month

Students must complete their practicum experience in an approved and/or affiliated practicum site. Practicum site eligibility requirements:

  • Provide all of the 2022 BACB supervised field work requirements per calendar month
  • Students may not sign non-compete forms
  • Site must not have RBTs hired as indepedent contractors
  • Faciliate the completion of the capstone project to include:
    1. Helping practicum students identify a minimum of three participants

    2. Provide students the opportunity to work with clients that are not currently under the student's care (not their direct client/case)

    3. Provide students the opportunity to target behaviors that are outside of the treatment plan that may not be medically necessary (i.e., not billable)

    4. Provide students the opportunity to recruit staff and caregivers for interventions targeted towards caregivers or staff

    5. Provide students the opportunity to engage in a minimum of 60% indirect work, including work that is in addition to their client responsibilities.

    6. Provide students the opportunity to work with clients who do not require punishment procedures or physical restraint as part of intervention programs.

 

  • No fewer than 20 practicum hours accrued in a calendar month
  • Monthly supervision of at least 5% of total experience hours
  • Individual supervision must be at least 50% of all supervision hours
  • Unrestricted activities must be a minimum of 60% of total hours
  • A minimum of 4 supervisory contacts per calendar month, for at least 15 minutes each time
  • At least one direct observation conducted by the supervisor each calendar month
  • Earn a passing grade in EAB 6941

Graduate Certificate Program

The Department of Psychology offers a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for individuals who already have a graduate degree and wish to complete the coursework required to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.