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Applied Behavioral Analysis Minor

The undergraduate minor in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) emphasizes working in clinical settings with people with autism. This is a three-semester program beginning in the fall and then continuing in the winter and then the following fall. This training provides students with the eligibility to sit for the Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam. The successful demonstration of both academic and clinical skills will be achieved through coursework and intensive field experience working with children.

Our current undergraduate ABA program is a course sequence that allows students to earn a certificate that will enable them to sit for the national Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam. Professionals certified as a BCaBA can provide behavior-analytic services under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Requirements to become certified as a BCaBA is the completion of at least 225 hours of coursework in ABA with content in BACB Ethics Code and Code-Enforcement System; Professionalism; Philosophical Underpinnings; Concepts & Principles; Measurement, Data Display, and Interpretation; Experimental Design; Behavior Assessment; Behavior-Change Procedures; Selecting and Implementing Interventions; Personnel Supervision and Management (BACB 2021,1). The ABA program at Wayne State University was developed and is fully approved by the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) as a verified course sequence meeting these requirements. Students admitted into this program must complete all 6 courses in the program (18 credit hours):

EDP 3101Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 4
EDP 3102Techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis4
EDP 3103Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment and Treatment Planning 4
EDP 3104Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis2
EDP 3105Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis I2
EDP 3106Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis II2
Total Credits18

All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the University governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. Students who successfully complete the courses, field experience requirements, and their bachelor’s degree are eligible to sit for the BCaBA examination, which, upon passing, would lead to the BCaBA credential and a license in behavior analysis in the state of Michigan.

Students with a grade of C+, C or C- in more than one class may not continue in the program. If a student gets at least one grade that is lower than a C- in any course, they may not continue in the program. Courses may not be repeated to improve a grade.  

In addition, any grade of C, or a consistent pattern of low performance, is grounds for a Notice of Concern. Performance in skill-based courses involving assessment, therapy, consultation, etc., will be carefully monitored with a particular emphasis on the student’s ability to apply skills with children and other practitioners, as these skills are critical to success in this field. Repetition of courses is one possible outcome, which generally requires a student to “drop back” a cohort and take a year off until the class is offered again. 

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