ABA Therapy Course and Degree Programs

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapists use scientific techniques to help patients change their behavior. Get information on undergraduate and graduate degrees in this field, and find out about certification options. Schools offering Applied Behavioral Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

You can find a career in ABA therapy as either an assistant ABA therapist or an ABA therapist. In either case, you provide assistance in modifying a patient's behavior. Education for these careers is available at the undergraduate and graduate level. Programs often include courses in ethics, assessment, behavioral techniques and special populations and may include a clinical component. After graduation you may choose to get certified to improve your career prospects.

Degrees Undergraduate degrees are available in behavior therapy, education, psychology or social work. Graduate certificates and master's degrees in behavior analysis are also available. Doctorate programs in applied behavior analysis are also offered and focus heavily on research
Courses Ethics, principles, intervention strategies, data interpretation, assessment, implementation of behavioral techniques, data-based instruction and special populations
Course Availability Online and on-campus

How Can I Help Patients Using ABA Therapy?

As an ABA therapist, you use scientific techniques to assist patients in changing their behavior. You assess how your patient incorporates themselves into social situations within their family, school, work and community. Then you apply behavior modification techniques to improve their social interaction. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapists are regularly used in schools to help children with disabilities (such as autism), and can also be used to help both humans and animals modify their behavior.

What Kind of Undergraduate Degrees Are Available?

You can find undergraduate degrees in behavior therapy or you can find degree programs in education, psychology or social work that include a concentration in applied behavior therapy. You might take courses that explain:

  • The research behind applied behavior analysis
  • Techniques to change behavior
  • Behavior principles
  • Ethics and principles
  • Data interpretation
  • Intervention strategies

Earning a bachelor's degree may make you eligible to take the exam to become certified as an assistant ABA therapist.

What Kind of Graduate Degree Options Do I Have?

You'll need a master's degree for certification as a behavior therapist. You can earn a graduate certificate to complement your master's degree in a related field, or you can seek out a master's degree program in behavior analysis. You can find certificate programs approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board that cover the subjects of the certification exam. In your master's program, you take courses in assessment and implementation of behavioral techniques as well as data-based instruction. You may study special populations, including autistic patients. In your master's program, you can also expect a practicum. With a master's degree, you can take the exam for an ABA therapist.

Doctoral programs in applied behavior analysis are also available and often heavily focused on research. As a Ph.D. student in ABA, you might study data interpretation, family issues, the legal and ethical issues related to ABA, crisis management and behavioral assessment. Graduates from these programs often go on to careers in such varied fields as animal training, instructional design, behavioral management and organizational behavior management. Degree programs at the doctorate level may be available at universities that offer them or from online institutions.

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