Curriculum

UM graduate program in ABA is designed for full-time students. Students progress through the program following a pre-specified course sequence. Coursework includes both classroom-based instructional classes and experiential practicum courses.  

The Master's Degree in ABA program  consists of 14 courses (42 credit hours) and is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall 2, spring 2).  Seven of the 14 courses are classroom-based and seven are experiential (practicum). 

Courses & Course Descriptions

Classroom-based courses are offered in a face-to-face didactic format, each for 3-credits (45 instructional hours). The required classroom instructional courses include:

  • PSY 666: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis—Introduction to the science of behavior analysis, behavioral concepts and principles and mechanisms of behavior change. 
  • PSY 667: Assessment and Treatment of Language and Learning—Use of applied behavior analysis toward improvements in and acquisition of new behavior. 
  • PSY 668: Functional Assessment and Treatment of Aberrant Behavior—Use of applied behavior analysis towards the reduction of problematic behavior. 
  • PSY 669: Professional Issues in Designing and Monitoring Interventions—Professional guidelines and methodological approaches towards assessing the efficacy of behavior interventions. 
  • PSY 663: Measurement in Applied Behavior Analysis- Overview of aspects of behavior analysis related to strategies and tactics of behavioral assessment, measurement, data display, and investigational design.
  • PSY 664: Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis - Overview of ethics and professional conduct in the field of behavior analysis. 
  • PSY 665: Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis - Overview of advanced issues in measurement, experimental design and the application of ABA in the field of developmental disabilities. 

Practicum course experiences are provided within University of Miami-based ABA training clinics, each for 3-credits. Each practicum course requires students complete 15 hours per/week of supervised clinical work. The required practicum courses include:

  • PSY 673: Advanced Applications of ABA III- Application of behavior analysis in developing and implementing of advanced procedures and techniques.
  • PSY 676: Application of ABA Principles and Concepts—Application of basic applied behavior analysis principles and concepts within a clinical setting. 
  • PSY 677: Applications of the Assessment and Treatment of Language and Learning—Application of applied behavior analysis toward the improvement and acquisition of new behavior within a clinical setting. 
  • PSY 678: Applications of ABA in the Treatment of Aberrant Behavior—Application of applied behavior analysis toward the reduction of problematic behavior within a clinical setting. 
  • PSY 679: Advanced Application of Applied Behavior Analysis —Application of applied behavior analytic methods for monitoring treatment implementation and assessing treatment efficacy within a clinical setting. 
  • PSY 674: Applications of ABA in Developmental Disabilities — Application of behavior analytic principles in the field of developmental disabilities. (summer only)
  • PSY 675: Advance Application of Applied Behavior Analysis II — Application of applied behavior analytic methods for monitoring treatment implementation and assessing efficacy within clinical settings and providing clinical and professional supervision. (fall only)