The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is designed to provide undergraduate students a depth of academic and practical experience relevant for employment in behavioral technician-and related- jobs immediately after finishing their Bachelor of Arts degree. Moreover, the Certificate in ABA will provide students with a solid foundation for Rider University's Masters in applied psychology program with concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. The 17-18 credit certificate includes introductory and advanced courses that focus on ABA (PSY212, PSY299), the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (PSY388), Research Methods in ABA (PSY339/PSY339L), and Professional Issues in ABA (PSY 389), as well as engaged learning experience conducting research in ABA (PSY490), or interning for a school, clinic or agency that uses ABA (PSY491).
- Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis
Elaine Scorpio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Science Hall 319D
Associated Department: Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Requirements
( 17-18 credits)
|PSY 212||Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|PSY 299||Field Placement in Applied Behavior Analysis||1|
|PSY 339||Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis||4|
|PSY 339L||Research Methods in ABA Lab||0|
|PSY 388||Learning and the Experimental Analysis of Behavior||3|
|PSY 389||Professional Issues in ABA||3|
|PSY 490||Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression 1||3-4|
|or PSY 491||Internship in Psychology|
1 PSY 490 Independent Study must have ABA focus; PSY 491 Internship site must have ABA focus.
To complete the ABA Certificate Program, students must meet the following requirements:
- A grade of "C+" or better in each course is required for the certificate.
- Completion of a capstone paper from PSY 490/ PSY 491 is required.
Courses and Descriptions
PSY 212 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3 Credits
Presents a review of classical and operant conditioning, data collection and research design, data analysis and interpretation. In addition, assessment and treatment strategies in a variety of settings, contingency management in institution, classroom and home, systematic self-desensitization, and ethical consideration are discussed.
PSY 299 Field Placement in Applied Behavior Analysis 1 Credits
The practicum provides hands-on experience using the tools of applied behavior analysis in a field setting. Provides supervised field placement experience in an approved institution or agency in order for students to gain knowledge in applications of applied behavior analysis. Placement is made in various community institutions and agencies that offer services to diverse populations.
PSY 339 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis 4 Credits
This upper-level laboratory course will provide students with in-depth study of the principles and applications of Applied Behavior Analysis. Students will examine behavioral principles, ethical considerations and real-life applications of ABA. Each student will design and implement a self-management plan to alter a behavior of their choosing. Prerequisite(s): PSY 105 and PSY 201, PSY 212.
Corequisite(s): PSY 339L.
PSY 339L Research Methods in ABA Lab 0 Credits
This lab is a co-requisite and must be taken with the corresponding course.
Corequisite(s): PSY 339.
PSY 388 Learning and the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3 Credits
Students will review principles of behavior covered in PSY 212 Intro to ABA (or PSY 225 Learning Theory) and move into more complex concepts and principles of behavior analysis including respondent behavior, respondent conditioning, motivating operations, schedules of reinforcement, and verbal operants. Students will also learn elements of behavior change and specific behavior-change procedures including: verbal behavior training, discrete trial training, interventions based on motivating operations and discriminative stimuli, and stimulus equivalence procedures.
PSY 389 Professional Issues in ABA 3 Credits
This course will provide students interested in working in the field of applied behavior analysis at the bachelor’s level content based on the task list of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) The course covers ethical and professional considerations relevant to the profession of applied behavior analysis as well as ethical and disciplinary standards of the profession. In addition, the course covers behavioral assessment and intervention, competency-based training, and evaluating the effectiveness of behavioral programs. Students will also have the opportunity to read seminal and current research literature on the topics.
PSY 490 Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression 1-4 Credits
Provides students with an opportunity to design and carry out original research in an area of their choice. Students designate a faculty supervisor and work closely with him/her during the semester. All students must have approval from the department and the dean to register for PSY 490.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 201.
PSY 491 Internship in Psychology 1-4 Credits
Provides supervised work experience in an approved institution or agency in order for students to gain knowledge in applications of psychology. Placement is made in various community institutions and agencies that offer services to both exceptional and normal individuals. Prerequisite(s): senior psychology majors or minors.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.