Why Study Applied Behavioral Analysis
Austin Peay State University’s Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis is unique in that students are able to gain hands-on experience working with a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst via two program courses and have the opportunity to complete an ABA-related field experience.
Students who are interested in meaningful work, improving the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism.
Students who meet requirements while completing the 4160 course will receive a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) 40-Hour Training Certificate. This certificate is a prerequisite, and provides the foundation, to applying to become an RBT. This program is independent of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and students pursuing certification as an RBT will need to either complete a field experience or practicum under the supervision of a certified BCBA or be employed with an organization providing supervision that meets BCBA requirements. For all other RBT certification requirements, please read the RBT Handbook: https://www.bacb.com/rbt/. This certificate is open to all majors.
A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst teaches the ABA-related courses and oversees one of the field experience options.
What Will I Learn
- A broad overview of Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy
- Will gain experience with implementing behavior-analytic services under the close and ongoing supervision of a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.
- Familiarity with implementing ABA therapy for children with autism, which includes addressing deficits in language, social skills, flexibility, sensory defensiveness as well as addressing harmful challenging behavior.
- Familiarity with collecting data on the client plans created by Board Certified Behavior Analysts