By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Founding Editor, bSci21.org
In the world of Applied Behavior Analysis, 2015 may be the year of the training program. At least three new training programs are coming in the Fall of 2015 and cover Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD levels.
The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications for a new program in Applied Behavior Analysis starting in the Fall of 2015. The program will offer a Master’s of Science degree and meets educational requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. In Mississippi, those who become Board Certified Behavior Analysts will automatically become eligible to be a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is launching a PhD program in Applied Behavior Analysis at their Washington D.C. campus and online. The school already has a PhD program at their Chicago and Los Angeles locations, but the D.C. location will open its doors in Fall of 2015. The PhD program expands on a Master’s of Science program that prepares students for certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Southern Illinois University is launching an undergraduate degree in behavior analysis and therapy starting in the Fall of 2015. The program will be run through the College of Education and Human Services partly in response to demand from students asking for more specialized training than could be provided with other majors. Specific classes include Skeptical Thinking, Applied Behavior Analysis, Ethics in Behavior Analysis, and Therapy and Autism/Intellectual Disabilities.
More details about each program can be found in the hyperlinks above. If we have left any programs off the list, let us know in the comments below! Also, stay in the loop with an email subscription to bSci21, which sends new articles directly to your inbox!
I just wanted to add another program to the list! Utah Valley University is very excited that our Autism Studies Minor is now an approved course sequence for the BCaBA. http://www.uvu.edu/autismstudies/index.html
Thanks and good luck with the new program!
I wanted to let you know that since the fall of 2014, the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Central Missouri has offered professional course work in behavior analysis leading to the BC(a)BA and an Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Great! Thanks for sharing!
Is anyone familiar with the PhD program at Chicago, maybe that’s gone through the program on campus? When I contacted them, they said they were the first school to offer a PhD in ABA.
They are likely the first to offer an online PhD in ABA. The Association for Behavior Analysis International also has a list of ABAI accredited doctoral programs, if you aren’t already familiar with it.