Post-Master Non-Degree Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Post-Master Non-Degree Program in ABA was designed to introduce students to the field of behavior analysis and to prepare students for employment within the fields where there are growing demands for competent professionals in applied behavior analysis: namely, developmental services, special education, and mental health. In this program, students are only required to show proficiency in coursework. The curriculum for this program focuses on (a) the principles and procedures of basic and applied behavior analysis practice and research and (b) the application of behavior analysis and behavioral support in complex environments (i.e., home, school, work, other community settings, and institutional settings).

Admissions RequirementsProgram RequirementsGainful Employment Disclosure
  • M.A. in ABA, Psychology, Special Education, or a related field (e.g., Speech Pathology, Social Work). Applicants who do not meet these requirements are urged to apply to the Caldwell College M.A. in ABA program or an equivalent program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 in master’s degree coursework
  • Official transcripts of their master’s degree coursework
  • Writing sample: a research-based paper in psychology or education of at least ten pages that was previously submitted as part of a graduate course. Other subject matter may be considered if the candidate has had limited prior psychology or education work. If applicable, the applicant’s master’s thesis is preferable.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of several pages in length describing reason for pursuing graduate study in ABA at Caldwell College
  • Personal Interview

ABA 526 Behavior Analysis and Learning (3)
ABA 534 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
ABA 537 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
ABA 553 Assessing Autism Interventions (3)
ABA 556 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
ABA 563 Ethics for Behavior Analysts (3)
ABA 572 Language and Social Skills for Individuals with Autism (3)
ABA 574 Professionalism for Behavior Analysts (3)

Transfer of Graduate Credit
Caldwell College will accept the transfer of a maximum of three credits of graduate work in psychology, education or a closely related field, provided that the credits were completed within five years of the student’s registration at Caldwell College. Official transcripts of previous graduate work as well as the catalog description of each course must be submitted for review at the time of application. Approval of transfer credit is based on course content and grade earned in the course. Each transfer request will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator.

Caldwell College OPEDID

002598

Department of Education CIP Code for program: 

42.2814

CIP Program Title and Definition

Applied Behavior Analysis – A program that focuses on the application of principles of learning and behavior to enhance the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults; and that prepares individuals to address the behavioral needs of individuals, especially those with developmental disabilities and autism. Includes instruction in behavior analysis and learning, behavioral and functional assessment, developmental psychology, applied behavioral analysis in developmental disabilities and autism, applied behavioral analysis in mental health and aging, research methods, evaluation of interventions, and professional and ethical issues.

Occupations Related to the program

11-9199.00    Managers, All Other  

19-3031.00    Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists  

19-3031.01    School Psychologists  

19-3031.02    Clinical Psychologists  

19-3031.03    Counseling Psychologists  

19-3039.00    Psychologists, All Other  

25-1066.00    Psychology Teachers,Postsecondary

Normal time to complete program

45 weeks or 3 semesters (based on full time enrollment = 9 credits per semester.)  

Total estimated tuition and fee costs

$17,430 (21 credits at $830 per credit – 2012-13 rate)$150 comprehensive fee, per semester enrolled

Book and supplies costs 

Estimated at $600-$1000 per semester

Room and Board

not offered

Median Title IV Loan Debt

$ 10,143

Median Private Loan Debt

$ 3,500


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