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Behavior Analysis Minor

MVLA offers three intensive, specialized minor programs that prepare you for careers or graduate study in Behavior Analysis. In addition, both programs satisfy the coursework requirement for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts Examination (BCABA). If you have questions about either minor or BCABA certification, contact Dr. Tom Byrne.

Behavior Analysis Minor: Experimental Analysis of Behavior

All coursework is completed at MCLA.

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 cr
  • PSYC 290 Psychological Research & Stats I 4 cr
  • PSYC 291 Psychological Research & Stats II 4 cr
  • PSYC 316 Behavior Analysis 3 cr
  • PSYC 416 Research in Behavior Analysis 3 cr
  • PSYC 516 Func. Assessment & Intervention 3 cr

Behavior Analysis Minor: Applied Behavior Analysis

All coursework is completed at MCLA.

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 cr
  • PSYC 208 Applied Developmental Psychology 3 cr OR PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 316 Behavior Analysis 3 cr 
  • PSYC 387 Childhood Disorders 3 cr
  • PSYC 416 Research in Behavior Analysis 3 cr
  • PSYC 516 Func. Assessment & Intervention 3 cr

Behavior Analysis Minor: New England Center for Children Cooperative Program in Behavior Analysis

With departmental approval, you can spend a semester studying at the New England Center for Children (NECC), in Southborough, MA. The Center is a world-renowned research and treatment facility for autism and related developmental disabilities. Tuition and housing fees are the same as on the MCLA campus.

Courses at MCLA:

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 cr
  • PSYC 316 Behavior Analysis 3 cr

Courses at NECC:

  • PSYC 552 Advanced Learning 3 cr
  • PSYC 553 Functional Analysis & Treatment of Behavioral Disorders 3 cr OR PSYC 554 Systematic Inquiry in Applied Res.
  • PSYC 555 Seminar & Practica Clinical Practice 9 cr

About Board Certification

Successful completion of the Behavior Analysis Minor satisfies the coursework required to sit for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA) Examination. With careful planning, you may also satisfy the mentored or supervised experience required for BCABA certification through enrollment in internships.

BCABA certification is granted by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), not by MCLA.

According to BACB guidelines, an analyst with BCABA qualifications can function in the following capacities:

The BCABA conducts descriptive behavioral assessments and is able to interpret the results and design ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions for clients. The BCABA designs and oversees interventions in familiar cases (e.g., similar to those encountered during their training) that are consistent with the dimensions of applied behavior analysis. The BCABA obtains technical direction from a BCBA for unfamiliar situations. The BCABA is able to teach others to carry out interventions once the BCABA has demonstrated competency with the procedures involved under the direct supervision of a BCBA. The BCABA may assist a BCBA with the design and delivery of introductory level instruction in behavior analysis. It is strongly recommended that the BCABA practice under the supervision of a BCBA, and that those governmental entities regulating BCABAs require this supervision.

For more information, see the BACB web site, or contact Dr. Tom Byrne in the Psychology Department.