Program Requirements

Degree requirements

Required Courses   (total of 39 hours)           

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 614 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3 hrs
SPE 618  Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions for Teachers in Applied Settings 3 hrs

SPE 625 


PSY 757

Introduction to Teaching and Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Observational Methods & Functional Assessment

3 hrs
PSY 747  Single Subject Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 hrs
PSY 777  Conceptual Foundations of Applied Behavioral Science 3 hrs
PSY 761  Ethical and Professional Issues 3 hrs

PSY 797 or

SPE 710

Directed Research or

Problems in Special Education

3 hrs

PSY 796 or

SPE 791

Practicum or

Clinical Practicum for Special Needs Populations

6 hrs

PSY 799 or SPE 799 

Thesis 6 hrs
Elective Courses:  select two of the following courses (6 hrs)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 602  Learning Theories 3 hrs
SPE 626  Applied Behavior Analysis for Developmental Disabilities and Autism in Applied Settings 3 hrs
SPE 627 Seminal in Development and Sensory Disabilities 3 hrs
PSY 629   Psychological Tests and Measurements  3 hrs
PSY 695  Specialized Topics in Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 745 Statistics and Research Design 3 hrs
PSY 767 Behavior Disorders of Childhood 3 hrs
SPE 780 Impact of Contemporary Issues & Diversity in Special Education 3 hrs


Thesis Project Requirement 

A 6 credit hour experimental thesis is required.  Experimental thesis here implies a research project that involves a manipulation in an applied or experimental lab setting that employs a Single-Subject design experiment (e.g., ABAB, Multiple Baseline, or Changing Criterion) and appropriate subsequent data analysis.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Students who decide to pursue Board Certified supervised practicums should consult early (the first semester) with their respective Psychology or Special Education advisor to arrange opportunities and to apply for Board Certified supervised practicum placement. Students who are interested in obtaining certification must ensure that the practicum courses meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board requirements (e.g., supervision by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, allocation of hours to a variety of professional activities, record keeping, etc.). It is possible that students who are destined for a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis would not choose to seek Board Certified supervised practicums, but rather they would focus on basic and/or applied research practicums.