Behavior Analysis and Therapy

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The master's degree program in behavior analysis and therapy is a 45-semester hour program. Candidates have the option of a research paper or a thesis. Candidates concentrating primarily on preparation for entry into the helping profession ordinarily opt to complete a research paper in their area of concentration. The thesis option typically requires a thesis of an experimental nature, a survey, or other form of research in which empirical data are collected and analyzed. Candidates must demonstrate their skills in formulating researchable questions or hypotheses, in identifying and/or manipulating relevant variables, and in the analysis and reporting of the results.

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

The behavior analysis and therapy program is devoted to the empirically-based development and application of learning principles to a wide variety of human needs. Training is offered in behavioral practice, research and theory as it applies to problems such as child abuse and neglect, developmental disabilities, chronic medical conditions, and traumatic head injury.

Degree Requirements

In fulfilling the 45 semester-hour requirement, the student must complete the required courses or their equivalent, at least two elective courses from those listed below, at least one 3-hour practicum, an internship, and either a research paper or thesis.

Required Courses

  • BAT 503 Basic Behavior Analysis
  • BAT 508 Complex Behavior Analysis
  • BAT 509A Behavior Analysis Research Designs: Single-Subject Experimental Designs
  • BAT 509B Behavior Analysis Research Designs: Group Experimental Designs
  • BAT 512 Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
  • BAT 535 Behavioral Observation Methods
  • BAT 574 Staff Training and Development
  • BAT 594B Practicum in Behavior Analysis and Therapy

Elective Courses

  • BAT 515 Behavioral Applications to Medical Problems
  • BAT 543 Child Behavior
  • BAT 545 Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities
  • BAT 557A Self-Regulation of Behavior: Self-control
  • BAT 557B Self-Regulation of Behavior: Biofeedback
  • BAT 563 Behavioral Analysis: Community Applications
  • BAT 584 Seminar in Behavior Analysis and Therapy
  • BAT 589 Professional Seminar in Rehabilitation

Internship

The student must complete satisfactorily nine hours of REHB 595A, REHB 595B (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 three to six 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.