Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA)

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), designed for special educators, administrators, and school counselors, will offer specific coursework and training in the field of applied behavior analysis. Educators who receive preparation in the evidence-based practice of ABA will be better prepared to meet the needs of a growing population of students requiring special education services. Additionally, the ABA certificate will support the career goals of special education teachers and other school personnel who desire this specialized training.

Note: Johns Hopkins is the only school of education in Maryland to offer this specialized certificate.

The application deadline is April 1st.

Degree Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a minimum of a graduate degree (e.g., master’s or doctoral) in an acceptable field of study (behavior analysis, education, or psychology) from an acceptable accredited institution. Please see the BACB website for more information regarding acceptable field of study and acceptable accredited institutions.  Candidates are encouraged to complete a degree preliminary review through the BACB to determine if their Master’s degree meets the BACB requirements.   http://bacb.com/bcba-option-1/ (scroll to the bottom of the page).
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • ​No other certification or licensure (e.g. teacher certification) would be required for acceptance into the program.

Contact Us

Faculty Contact
Dr. Tamara Marder

Academic Coordinator
Camilla Mika-Simms
(410) 516-9760

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Inc.® has verified the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination.® Please note that candidates will have to meet additional requirements in order to qualify for BCBA certification.

Coursework

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) includes a total of 24 credits of graduate-level instruction (6 courses and 2 practica) that directly align with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board requirements.

873.601 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education

This course provides introductory knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Among the topics explored will be the scientific foundation on which ABA is built, the concepts and principles of behavior analysis, and an overview of the application of ABA in educational settings.

873.602 Research Methods: Evaluation, Measurement and Single Case Design

The course will examine the methods of single subject research design, including defining and measuring behavior, data collection and interpretation of graphs, and single case research designs. Students will learn to utilize research methods to evaluate and measure the effectiveness of intervention and instructional procedures within an educational setting.

873.603 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Challenging Behaviors

This course will investigate the principles and procedures of the field of applied behavior analysis as it relates to challenging behaviors. Observational methods, behavior promotion and reduction, and generalization strategies will be reviewed in relation to the needs of students with disabilities. Students will design, implement, and evaluate a behavior reduction program based on assessment results to decrease inappropriate behaviors for an individual student or a group of students in an educational setting.

873.604 Behavioral Assessment and Instructional Strategies

The course will focus on developing effective teaching plans based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA); exploring a variety of teaching strategies including discrete trial instruction, applied verbal behavior, shaping, chaining, direct instruction, precision teaching, personalized systems of instruction, incidental teaching, functional communication training, augmentative communication systems, programming for acquisition, generalization, and maintenance; and making data-based decision making to improve instruction. Students will design, implement and evaluate an instructional program based on assessment results to increase a desired behavior/skill for an individual student or a group of students in an educational setting. Prerequisite(s): ED.873.601 and ED.873.602

873.605 Ethics and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts

This course will provide discussion and examination of ethics and responsible conduct of behavior analysts with an in-depth review of the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts (BACB, 2012). It will also include an overview of the behavior consultation model and examine the influence of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) on autism, developmental disabilities, and special education.

873.606 Applications of ABA in the Classroom

This course will provide in-depth discussion and strategies regarding the implementation of applied behavior analysis in the classroom setting. Strategies will focus on documentation of services, training, and monitoring of others in carrying out behavior change procedures, performance monitoring and procedural integrity, supervision, evaluating effectiveness of intervention and teaching, and maintaining behavior change in the natural environment. Students will also learn and plan for unwanted effects of reinforcement, punishment, and extinction in a classroom setting. Students will also examine current issues in special education as they relate to the implementation of applied behavior analysis, including inclusion, effective data collection, choosing evidence based practices, and discussing the benefits of behavior analysis with other professionals. Finally, the course will help candidates prepare for the Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) exam.

873.610 ABA Practicum I

The practicum is designed to meet the field experience requirements as outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB; www.bacb.com). This practicum provides supervised experiences in the application of behavior analytic services in educational setting. The practicum will also include a face-to-face seminar with an instructor.

873.611 ABA Practicum II

The practicum is designed to meet the field experience requirements as outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB; www.bacb.com). This practicum provides supervised experiences in the application of behavior analytic services in educational setting. The practicum will also include a face-to-face seminar with an instructor.

Program Plan

To receive more information regarding this program and its requirements, please contact Dr. Tamara Marder (410-516-9775 or tmarder1@jhu.edu).

Gainful Employment Disclosure

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU School of Education is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.

The Post Masters Certificate ABA program has furthered my professional development and improved my ability to determine the most effective interventions for my students. I learned about current research being done on autism and the benefits of using evidence-based practices. Much of what I learned was directly applicable to my work with students. With this knowledge, I felt I could really make a difference for my students.

Megan Anders
MsEd ‘12