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 a clinical component. After graduation you may choose to get certified to improve you career prospects.

Degrees Undergraduate degrees in behavior therapy, education, psychology or social work. Graduate certificates and master's degrees in behavior analysis are also available
Courses Ethics, principles, intervention strategies, data interpretation, assessment, implementation of behavioral techniques, data-based instruction and special populations
Certification Voluntarily available through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board

How Can I Help Patients Using ABA Therapy?

You use scientific techniques to assist patients in changing their behavior. You assess how your patient incorporates themselves into social situations within family, school, work and their community. Then you apply behavior modification techniques to reach 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. Sometimes 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 and learn techniques to change behavior as well as behavior principles. Earning a bachelor's degree may make you eligible to take the exam to become certified as an assistant ABA therapist. Your program should include coursework outlined by the organization, including ethics, principles, intervention strategies and data interpretation.

What Kind of Postgraduate 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.

Do I Need to Become Certified?

Certification is voluntary. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board offers certification for both assistant ABA therapists and ABA therapists. The organization has approved programs that offer the coursework necessary to sit for both exams. You can find online and on-campus programs approved by the organization. In addition to your education, you will be expected to complete a minimum number of clinical hours.

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