Applied Behavior Analysis (Certificate/MS/CAGS)

ACS

Providing 40 Years of Instruction in Applied Behavior Analysis

Now an Online Program!

Since 1976, Northeastern University has provided quality graduate instruction in applied behavior analysis. Our graduate programs which include Master of Science, CAGs, and Certificate Program, are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and are designed to develop teaching and intervention skills based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. Hundreds of our graduates have gone on to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts, working to improve the lives of clients and consumers all over the world. According to The Behavior Analyst Today (2004), Northeastern University was named a “Top 25 Most Prolific Research Institution” in applied behavior analysis. To learn more, contact Dr. Laura Dudley, Director of Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at l.dudley@neu.edu.

Program Overview

All Northeastern University graduate programs in applied behavior analysis provide the coursework students need to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Courses are provided online and make use of cutting-edge technology such as Wimba Classrooms, Tegrity Lecture Capture, podcasts, and more. These features permit flexible schedules while creating opportunities for increased interactions between students and instructors.

Northeastern University also offers an elective two-semester Intensive Practicum course that allows students to gain supervised experience hours as required by the BACB. Students complete structured projects to develop competency in important clinical areas such as functional assessment, discrimination training, conditioned reinforcement, and more. The Intensive Practicum may be completed online or in a hybrid format.

Application Due Dates

Fall – August 1

Spring – Dec 1

Contact Information
Laura Dudley

Laura Dudley, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA
Program Director
Applied Behavior Analysis Programs
404 Int’l Village
617.373.5150
l.dudley@neu.edu

Certificate Program

The Northeastern University Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for the student who already possesses a Masters Degree in Education or Psychology, and who is seeking to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Course content is based on the BACB Fourth Edition Task List and prepares students to take the BCBA exam. The Certificate Program consists of 6 core courses taken across 3 semesters (18 credits). Students may elect to complete their supervised experience hours by taking Intensive Practicum I and Intensive Practicum II in addition to the 6 core courses. See the sample program plan listed on the right.

Courses are delivered in an online format.  Students attend lectures virtually and view supplementary material on their own schedules, taking advantage of technological advances that promote student learning and increase student-to-instructor and student-to-student communication.

Applicants to the Certificate Program must possess a Masters Degree in Education or Psychology. Related work experience with individuals with special needs is a plus. All applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0.

Sample Program Plan

Fall Year 1
CAEP 6327 Behavior Assessment
CAEP 6328 Research Design and Methods

Spring Year 1
CAEP 6334 Applied Programming 1
CAEP 6331 Advanced Learning 1

Summer Year 1
CAEP 6329 Service Administration
CAEP 6336 Systematic Inquiry in Applied Research 1

Curriculum subject to change

Master of Science Program

The Northeastern University Master of Science Program in Applied Behavior Analysis, widely known as “The MABA Program,” was founded in 1976. The Masters Program extends the student’s knowledge beyond basic behavioral principles and procedures to more advanced concepts. While retaining a practitioner focus, this program gives students in-depth knowledge of topics such as conditioned reinforcement, motivational influences on behavior, and errorless teaching procedures. With this background, program graduates are prepared to address the most complex behavior problems and learning challenges.

Course content is based on the BACB Fourth Edition Task List and prepares students to take the BCBA exam. Students complete 6 core courses, plus an additional 4 courses that extend the student’s familiarity with clinical procedures and with the research supporting their use.  Students may elect to complete their supervised experience hours by taking Intensive Practicum I and Intensive Practicum II in addition to the 10 required courses. See the sample program plan listed on the right.

Courses are delivered in an online format.  Students attend lectures virtually and view supplementary material on their own schedules, taking advantage of technological advances that promote student learning and increase student-to-instructor and student-to-student communication.

A professional portfolio is the capstone for the Master of Science program. The Professional Portfolio is compiled of competencies students have achieved while in the program. Evidence is gathered from projects that students conduct as part of their coursework, including preference assessments, functional analyses, and intervention programs.

Applicants to the Master of Science Program must either possess a Bachelor’s degree in a related field or demonstrate work experience with individuals with special needs. All applicants are expected to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

Sample Program Plan

Fall Year 1
CAEP 6327 Behavior Assessment
CAEP 6328 Research Design and Methods

Spring Year 1
CAEP 6334 Applied Programming 1
CAEP 6331 Advanced Learning 1

Summer 1
CAEP 6336 Systematic Inquiry in Applied Research 1
CAEP 6329 Service Administration

Fall Year 2
CAEP 6332 Advanced Learning 2
CAEP 6335 Applied Programming 2

Spring Year 2
CAEP 6324 Programmed Learning
CAEP 6337 Systematic Inquiry in Applied Research 2

Curriculum subject to change

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)

Northeastern University’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGs) is offered to the student who already possesses a Masters degree in Education or Psychology and who seeks to develop a specific area of clinical expertise while completing the necessary coursework to become a BCBA.

Students complete 6 core courses in applied behavior analysis, plus an additional 4 courses that focus on a related concentration area, such as Early Intervention, Public Policy, or Autism.  Students may elect to complete their supervised experience hours by taking Intensive Practicum I and Intensive Practicum II in addition to the 10 required courses. See the sample program plan listed on the right.

Courses are delivered in an online format.  Students attend lectures virtually and view supplementary material on their own schedules, taking advantage of technological advances that promote student learning and increase student-to-instructor and student-to-student communication.

Applicants to the CAGs Program must possess a Masters Degree in Education or Psychology. Related work experience with individuals with special needs is a plus. All applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0.

Sample Program Plan

Fall Year 1
CAEP 6327 Behavior Assessment
CAEP 6328 Research Design and Methods

Spring Year 1
CAEP 6334 Applied Programming 1
CAEP 6331 Advanced Learning 1

Summer 1
CAEP 6336 Systematic Inquiry in Applied Research 1
CAEP 6329 Service Administration

Fall Year 2
Foundations in Specialization Area
Foundations in Specialization Area

Spring Year 2
Continuation of Specialization Area
Continuation of Specialization Area

Curriculum subject to change

Learning Partnership Program

The Northeastern University Applied Behavior Analysis Programs are based on learning communities that include students, instructors, and members of the educational or human services organizations in which students work. Partnerships are formed between Northeastern University and students’ workplaces that integrate work supervision into the education process. Each partnership is individually designed based on workplace resources.

Students may achieve their supervised experience hours by completing Independent Fieldwork at their place of work, with supervision by an onsite BCBA. Alternatively, students may elect to take Intensive Practicum I and Intensive Practicum II, receiving supervision by an NU faculty member. In either case, Northeastern University works closely with the student’s workplace, tailoring project requirements to incorporate students’ work responsibilities and teaching competencies that address immediate workplace needs. For more information about BACB requirements regarding supervision hour requirements, please visit www.bacb.com.

Each partner program may select an employee to serve on the Northeastern University ABA Programs Professional Advisory Board. This board provides an on-going source of information regarding the Northeastern ABA programs and informs course content, design, and revision. Organizations interested in participating in the Learning Partnership may contact Dr. Laura Dudley for more information: l.dudley@neu.edu.

Professional Portfolio

The Professional Portfolio is the capstone for the Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at Northeastern University. This portfolio documents the student’s behavioral competency in critical clinical skills. These skills include:

Intake Assessment Functional Analysis Task Analysis
Preference Assessment Antecedent Intervention Discrimination Training
Reinforcer Assessment Consequence Intervention Literature Review

 

Each student completes projects associated with the above clinical skills, and each project culminates in professional documents to be included in the student’s Professional Portfolio. A faculty member reviews and signs each project in the Professional Portfolio. The faculty member’s signature indicates that the student has achieved the faculty-established standards for the project. Graduates are encouraged to use their Professional Portfolio when applying for employment.

Students interested in research may combine two or three of the Professional Portfolio items into a research project. For example, the student may complete a literature review on stereotypic behavior, then conduct a functional analysis and intervention with a participant who exhibits that behavior. The research project is then prepared in journal format for inclusion in the Professional Portfolio.

Apply to the Applied Behavior Analysis Program.