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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Behavior Analysis M.A.

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The goal of the Behavior Analysis M.A. Program is to provide students with a well-rounded foundation in behavior analysis through an integrated sequence of coursework, practicum, and research activities.  Students obtain competency in the basic principles of learning and the application of these principles with particular emphasis on interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Practicum and research experiences are provided in a variety of settings. All students complete a major research project prior to graduation. The program, which is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis-International®, includes a course sequence and practicum approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc®. Students completing the coursework and practicum requirements of the program will be eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam and become Licensed Behavior Analysts. Furthermore, graduates will be prepared to pursue doctoral degrees behavior analysis, psychology, or education.

Admission

Students wishing to enroll in this program of study must formally apply. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the program director, Dr. Dorothea Lerman, at behavioranalysis@uhcl.edu. Consult the application packet for further information about the admissions requirements. The deadline for applying for the M.A. in Behavior Analysis is January 5.

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree or higher, preferably in a related field such as psychology, education, or special education. In addition, applicants should identify coursework or practical experience associated with Behavior Analysis.

Degree Requirements

Courses
PSYC 5030 Experimental Analysis of Behavior: Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5235 Learning Principles
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5435 Conceptual Issues in Behavior Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6031 Behavioral Assessment
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6238 Applied Behavior Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6239 Behavioral Interventions I
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6330 Research and Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6331 Behavioral Interventions II
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6338 Ethics and Professional Issues in Behavior Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6339 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6430 Verbal Behavior
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  •  PSYC 6239 Behavioral Intervention I, PSYC 6331 Behavioral Intervention II: These seminar courses include class meetings and up to 10 hours per week of field activities in home, school, and clinic settings.
  • PSYC 6330 Research and Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis: This course requires completion of a research project and 20 hours per week of field experience in home, school, or clinic settings for two semesters (3 credits per semester). 
Electives (6 hours)
Choose TWO of the following courses.
PSYC 5031 Human Growth and Development
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5131 Psychopathology of Childhood
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5432 Psychoactive Drugs
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5532 Advanced Social Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5736 Behavioral Medicine
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5931 Research Topics in Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6134 Biological Basis of Behavior
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6235 Behavioral/Cognitive Therapies
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6832 Advanced Cognitive and Affective Psychology
Credit Hours: 3