Applied Behavior Analysis
Learn the science of behavior so that you can influence change and solve socially significant problems.
Applied Behavior Analysis Program
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Why ABA at Assumption?
course sequence verified by ABAI
fieldwork experience hours
Assumption’s combined pass rate on the BACB exam for August 2018 to August 2019
pursue either an applied or research track through tailored coursework
GRE not required
In the Applied Behavior Analysis program you will learn from experts in the field.
How does the practicum work?
Students are encouraged to work with the Program Director in order to identify a fieldwork site placement. Students are asked to identify a placement and have it approved by the Program Director during their first semester. Students may begin the practicum course sequence in the second or later semesters. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with the Program Director prior to accepting a position at a fieldwork site.
To qualify to sit for the BCBA exam, students are required to complete at least 1,500 and up to 2,000 hours of fieldwork in applied behavior analysis, depending on the percentage of fieldwork hours supervised by a qualified BCBA. Students will complete four to five semesters of practicum in order to accumulate the required fieldwork hours. Students are required to work or volunteer at their approved site for approximately 130 per calendar month.
In the first semester of practicum, students will receive both individual and group supervision through the practicum classes. In subsequent semesters of practicum, students will receive 50% of their supervision during the weekly class meeting; the remaining 50% will be received individually at their work site. All supervision will be provided by BCBAs who are also Licensed Applied Behavior Analysts in Massachusetts.
Shining their light
Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Special Education Teacher and BCBA (supervisor), Worcester Public Schools
The class sizes are small, and the professors are accessible and kind.
Assumption’s ABA program provided opportunities for learning and assessment of student knowledge, practicum experience, and covered the perfect amount of content taught seamlessly, which was hugely influential in my achievement of passing the board exam through the BACB.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Shared Living Case Manager, Seven Hill Foundation
I want to really make a change for the people I support.
I hope to gain the proper skills to go into the field and work with young children or adults to help reduce problem behaviors for struggling families.
Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
BCBA serving public school districts
Understanding the theories and practices is important to realizing how they can be applied.
I want to develop behavior programs based on scientific principles and feel confident that the work I am doing is individualized and targets the behavior I want to change. I also would like to become a BCBA, and I know this program will prepare me well.
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To be accepted into the master’s program, you must have:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and an official transcript
- An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
To be accepted into the C.A.G.S. program, you must have:
- A master’s degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university and an official transcript
- Completed Application Dated & Signed
- $30 Application Fee (waived for AC alumni)
- Three letters of recommendation are required* – professional and at least one academic.
- Official Transcript(s)
- Personal Statement
- Current Resume
- TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose native language is not English)
*We strongly recommend at least one academic letter of recommendation; the remaining letters may be professional. All recommendations may be professional if an academic letter is not feasible. However, all letters should address the student’s ability complete graduate level academic work and may also address the student’s experience with ABA-based interventions.
Learn More about Career Opportunities in Applied Behavior Analysis
Interventions based on the principles of behavior analysis are commonly used in the treatment of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and autism. However, behavior-analytic principles can be applied in many other areas. Included here is a resource that showcases many ABA subspecialty areas.