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Students will complete this 45-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. CouClasses will meet once per week each semester - for example, Mondays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. - to accommodate working professionals.

Students complete a non-thesis 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.

Fall 1

  • EAB 6780 Ethical Code in BA
  • EAB 6770 Behavioral Technologies
  • EAB 5655 Advanced Methods of ABA

Spring

  • EAB6707 Learning and Development
  • EAB6717 Applications of Verbal Behavior for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
  • EAB 6941 Practicum in Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 5918 Supervised Research (in ABA)

Summer

  • EAB5098 Proseminar in EAB
  • PSY 5939 Quantitative Methods 1 (Core)
  • EAB 6941 Practicum in Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 5918 Supervised Research (in ABA)

Fall 2

  • EAB5797 Single Case Research Methods (Core)
  • EAB 6941 Practicum in Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 5918 Supervised Research (in ABA)
  • PSY5939 Special Topics

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.

EAB 5098 Proseminar in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3)
An advanced survey of the principles of respondent and operant conditioning and the bases of action in both social and non-social settings.

EAB 5655 Advanced Methods of Behavior Change (3)
An intensive study of selected methods of modifying human behavior, emphasizing the applications of the principles of respondent and operant conditioning, as well as those derived from modern social learning theories. Practice and role playing opportunities are provided in behavior therapy, relaxation therapy, behavior modification, biofeedback or similar behavioral approaches.

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

EAB 6707 Learning and Development (3)
A survey of the application of the principles, methods, and applications of experimental behavior analysis to various life-span segments and developmental themes.

EAB 6717 Applications of Verbal Behavior for Autism and Asperger Syndrome (3)
Verbal behavior is analyzed by function. Structural and developmental issues as well as implications for language training and ethical application to autistic populations are 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 (3)
Quantitative Methods 1 and other special topics will be announced in advance.

PSY 5918 Supervised Research (3)
Dedicated to supervised research in applied behavior analysis including for the non-thesis completion project.

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Practicum

Students will enroll in EAB 6941 Practicum in Behavior Analysis during the second (spring), third (summer) and final (fall) 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 hours of fieldwork hours while enrolled in the program to successfully graduate with your degree.

  • 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 the course