Curriculum

UM graduate programs in ABA (including both the Master's degree and Post-baccalaureate program) are designed for full-time students. Students progress through the program following a pre-specified course sequence. Coursework includes both classroom-based instructional classes and experiential practicum courses.  

The Master's Degree in ABA program  consists of 12 courses (36 credit hours) and is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall 2).  Six of the 12 courses are classroom-based and six are experiential (practicum). 

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program consists of 8 courses (24-credits) and is designed to be completed in two consecutive semesters (fall, spring).  Four of the 8 courses are classroom-based and 4 are experiential.

Coursework for the Master's program and the Post-baccalaurate program overlap in the first two semesters of enrollment.  Student's enrolled in the Master's program will complete four additional courses (12 credits), beyond what is required for the Post-baccaularate certificate.  

Courses & Course Descriptions

Classroom-based courses are offered in a face-to-face didactic format, each for 3-credits (45 instructional hours). The required classroom instructional courses include:

  • PSY 666: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis—Introduction to the science of behavior analysis, behavioral concepts and principles and mechanisms of behavior change. (fall only)

    PSY 667: Assessment and Treatment of Language and Learning—Use of applied behavior analysis toward improvements in and acquisition of new behavior. (fall only)

    PSY 668: Functional Assessment and Treatment of Aberrant Behavior—Use of applied behavior analysis towards the reduction of problematic behavior. (spring only)

    PSY 669: Professional Issues in Designing and Monitoring Interventions—Professional guidelines and methodological approaches towards assessing the efficacy of behavior interventions. (spring only)

    PSY 664: Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis (Master's Only)- Overview of ethics and professional conduct in the field of behavior analysis. (fall only)

    PSY 665: Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis (Master's Only)- Overview of advanced issues in measurement, experimental design and the application of ABA in the field of developmental disabilities.  (fall only)

Practicum course experiences are provided within University of Miami-based ABA training clinics, each for 3-credits. Each practicum course requires students complete 12 hours per/week of supervised clinical work. The required practicum courses include:

  • PSY 676: Application of ABA Principles and Concepts—Application of basic applied behavior analysis principles and concepts within a clinical setting. (fall only)

    PSY 677: Applications of the Assessment and Treatment of Language and Learning—Application of applied behavior analysis toward the improvement and acquisition of new behavior within a clinical setting. (fall only)

    PSY 678: Applications of ABA in the Treatment of Aberrant Behavior—Application of applied behavior analysis toward the reduction of problematic behavior within a clinical setting. (spring only)

    PSY 679: Advanced Application of Applied Behavior Analysis —Application of applied behavior analytic methods for monitoring treatment implementation and assessing treatment efficacy within a clinical setting. (spring only)

    PSY 674: Applications of ABA in Developmental Disabilities (Master's Only)-Application of behavior analytic principles in the field of developmental disabilities. (summer only)

    PSY 675: Advance Application of Applied Behavior Analysis II (Master's Only) - Application of applied behavior analytic methods for monitoring treatment implementation and assessing efficacy within clinical settings and providing clinical and professional supervision. (fall only)

Schedule of Coursework

  Classroom Based Courses Practicum Courses
Fall

PSY 666

PSY667

PSY 676 

PSY 677

Spring

PSY 668

PSY 669

PSY 678

PSY 679

Summer (Master's Only)

 N/A

 

 PSY 674

 

Fall Y2 (Master's Only)

PSY 664

PSY 665

 PSY 675