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Applied Behavior Analysis


Mary Baldwin College is pleased to offer coursework in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  ABA examines the principles of learning and behavior and explores their effective use in applied settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health settings, and in business.  Individuals with training in ABA often go into professions where they support the behavioral needs of a variety of individuals.  Specific clients who may utilize ABA services include, but are not limited to: individuals with developmental disabilities, children or adults in school or home settings with behavior difficulties, institutions that serve those in need of behavioral intervention, and businesses seeking the enhancement of productivity through strategic organizational management planning.

The ABA program at Mary Baldwin College prepares students with the academic instruction required to be eligible to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®.  The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.*

PSYC 513 Basic Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 graduate semester hours) – this course is a prerequisite for ED 592, 593, and 594 (offered every fall semester).  This course may also be taken at the undergraduate level as PSYC 313 for students who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree or do not plan to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.

ED 592 Behavior Analysis: Measurement and Assessment (3 graduate semester hours)

ED 593 Ethics and Special Considerations in Behavior Analysis (3 graduate semester hours)

ED 594 Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change and Change Procedures (3 graduate semester hours)

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and new students from the community are eligible to take the above sequence of courses.  (Note: Undergraduate students will require permission from the psychology department to register for this series of graduate coursework).

Current, interested undergraduate students, please email Dr. Jenna Holt at jholt@mbc.edu with any questions or to request enrollment.

Current, interested graduate students, please email Dr. Rachel Potter at rpotter@mbc.edu with any questions or to request enrollment.

Prospective students, not currently enrolled at the college, may apply to take the coursework through our Graduate Teacher Education program by going to https://www.gomarybaldwin.org/GTE/  The coursework is available on its own as a certificate program or as part of a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis.  For information regarding the MEd concentration, click here.  Prospective students may address questions to Dr. Rachel Potter at rpotter@mbc.edu.

Mary Baldwin College also has a request soon pending with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® to offer the two additional courses required for an approved course sequence as needed to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.*

For questions regarding the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® and policies related to eligibility to take Board examinations, please go to www.bacb.com.

*Additional requirements for eligibility to take the BCaBA Board Examination include an undergraduate or graduate degree in an approved field and supervised fieldwork.  Additional requirements to take the BCBA Board Examination include a graduate degree in an approved field and supervised fieldwork.  Fieldwork is not required as part of the MEd program and must be obtained independently of the program.  The program will assist in locating options for such supervision.  Supervised fieldwork, according to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® may not begin until the first course in the approved sequence (PSYC 513) has been started.  Please see the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® website at www.bacb.com for further detail about degree and fieldwork requirements.