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Program/Degree
Applied Behavior Analysis (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Dept of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies -

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.

 

 
College
College of Education  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
520-626-1248
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
520-626-1248
Director of Graduate Studies
Linda R Shaw
520-621-7832
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lori D'Anna
520-621-9227
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • Students
  • Those interested in taking the BCBA exam must also have at least a master's degree and experience supervised by someone who already holds the BCBA. If you are also interested in an MA, you should check our fully online MA in Behavior Support offered through the Special Education Program.
 
Standardized Tests

GRE scores not required

International Students Only

Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IBT) 550 (PB) or

Minimum IELTS: Composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6)

Please review our English Proficiency Requirement list (https://grad.arizona.edu/gcforms/sites/gcforms/files/page/englishproficiencyrequirementsbycountry.pdf) to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.

 
Financial Aid

Contact your advisor or program faculty for information by visiting the department web site at http://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day
  • Spring: Month day

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day
  • Spring: Month day
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

We offer a six-course sequence (18 semester hours) that meets all coursework requirements and addresses all the information required to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. This BACB-approved course sequence can be completed in a period of 16 months, which includes 3 consecutive semesters and one summer session. All coursework is offered fully online.

Those interested in taking the BCBA exam must also have at least a master's degree and experience supervised by someone who already holds the BCBA. If you are also interested in an MA, you should check our fully online MA in Behavior Support offered through the Special Education Program.

COST - Our ABA courses are offered through UA Online. Tuition is $653 per unit. For more information, please see

http://uaonline.arizona.edu/program/special-education-behavior-support-ma

For detailed information about the BCBA requirements, go to the BACB website.

Those who are interested only in the BACB-Verified Course Sequence should apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate In Applied Behavior Analysis program at http://grad.arizona.edu. Click on Apply Now, select UA Online for the campus, and then the certificate program in applied behavior analysis. Any questions or difficulties with applying should be directed to Kevin Prahar at kprahar@email.arizona.edu or at 520-626-2960.

(*Note: You and your advisor will plan the order in which you take courses, any additional required or optional coursework, and the length of your program).

Required Coursework

SERP 502 Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention,

is the first course to be taken. It ensures that participants are knowledgeable about the basic behavioral principles and techniques of applied behavior analysis that are needed to complete accurate FBAs, and design effective function-based interventions and comprehensive Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs). Students complete the course by conducting an FBA and developing a function-based BIP. SERP 502 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction.

SERP 529a Advanced Positive Behavioral Support, provides advanced knowledge and skills in applied behavior analysis and the factors that affect the application of behavior principles within schools and other natural settings, including ethical issues, effective instruction, and factors in the classroom environment. Participants complete an FBA, develop and test a function-based intervention, monitor, and make data-based decisions based on the effectiveness of the plan. SERP 529a provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction.

SERP 529B Advanced Positive Behavioral Support, provides each student continued opportunity to apply and develop skills and knowledge of FBA, function-based interventions, legal and ethical issues, and collaboration within the context of their classroom, school, and district. Participants complete2 additional FBAs and develop, implement, and monitor the function-based interventions. SERP 529b provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction

 

SERP 552 Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis, increases knowledge and skills in working with persons with challenging behavior using the most advanced techniques. Participants learn to design and briefly implement an experiment in which one fixed and one variable schedule are compared, design and implement a stimulus discrimination procedure, define and use stimulus equivalence procedures, conduct a brief functional analysis, organize and interpret functional analysis data, and analyze case studies of a variety of procedures. SERP 552 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction

SERP 590 Single Subject Research, reviews principles and practices underlying various single-subject research designs. Participants learn the advantages and disadvantages of various designs and how to select a research design that is appropriate to a given scenario. They also learn to critically evaluate research that incorporates single-subject research designs, create data graphs, and develop a comprehensive research proposal. SERP 590 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction

 

SERP 553 Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis, enables students to apply ethical and professional standards and concerns that are salient to the interactions between their work, the people they serve, and others involved in the process (e.g., other professionals, families, systems of care, and society). Participants analyze case studies to identify examples of ethical violations, identify resolutions of ethical violations, conduct a risk-benefit analysis, apply components of effective evidence-based supervision, and explain ethical guidelines (e.g., voluntary participation, informed consent, and confidentiality) for behavior analytic research. SERP 590 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Minor Requirements

There are no minor requirements for this degree.

 
Student Handbook
https://www.coe.arizona.edu/sites/coe/files/DPS/Student%20Guide%20to%20the%20MA%20program%20in%20Special%20Ed_Revised_9.1.2017.pdf  
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Last revised 01 Sep 2017