Curriculum

The Master's Degree Program in ABA trains its graduates in the scientific principals and empirically-based practice in applied behavior analysis. Required coursework includes classroom-based (didactic) instruction and experiential (practicum) courses. The 42-credit our program  is designed to be completed in five consecutive semesters, beginning each fall. 

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)