Oregon’s first—and only—stand-alone master’s degree in applied behavior analysis.
What You'll Learn
Meeting the demand for highly qualified Behavior Analysts
Licensure and Certification
MS-ABA prepares students to meet national certification and Oregon licensure requirements.
- BCBA course sequence: The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® exam. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. BCBA course descriptions
- ABA Practicum: second year practicum placements provide students with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. ® approved supervised experience required for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® exam. Practicum placements are paid positions with approved ABA agencies and, in Klamath Falls, with Oregon Tech’s BIG ABA clinic and local schools
Accessible and Personal
The use of synchronous videoconferencing technology provides an alternative to fully online, asynchronous programs for students in all areas of the state who prefer the real-time, face-to-face educational experience. Courses are taught on the Klamath Falls and Portland-Metro campuses and are available to students everywhere via Zoom (a synchronous videoconferencing program). Zoom provides students with the immediate interaction of a traditional face-to-face course, while providing access from anywhere.
Oregon Tech’s experienced and highly qualified ABA faculty are located on both the Klamath Falls and Portland-Metro campuses. Students can meet with faculty in person on their preferred campus or by phone or zoom.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach for understanding and addressing socially significant problem behaviors and teaching meaningful skills. ABA is based on the science of behaviorism and is an evidence-based, data-driven, systematic approach to intervention that improves the quality of life for individuals.
Applied Behavior Analysis emphasizes understanding the effects of environmental factors on observable behavior. Methods in applied behavior analysis stress direct measurement of target behaviors, understanding the causes of behavior, manipulating environmental variables to produce socially significant effects, and evaluation of outcomes. While validated intensive behavioral interventions have been most publicly recognized for treatment for children with an autism spectrum disorder, the principles and methods of ABA has successful applications in a wide range of other areas including:
- Business management and safety
- Child abuse and neglect
- Behavioral medicine and public health
- Language Acquisition
- Community improvement
- Mental health
- Animal training
Faculty for this program are located at both the Klamath Falls and Portland-Metro campuses. Some courses may be taught at the campus a student is located at or courses may be delivered via Zoom depending on qualified and experienced faculty campus location.
Yes, this program consists of courses designed to prepare students for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® in a variety of clinical settings. Oregon residents who complete the program and earn certification as a BCBA® will be eligible to apply as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Oregon. Oregon Tech also offers a standalone Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for individuals who already have a graduate degree.
The MS-ABA program enables students to become effective and ethical behavior analysts practicing in any discipline of ABA. The program emphasizes a foundation in theory, concepts, and principles, development of basic behavior analytic skills, and an emphasis on professional and ethical responsibilities. The Master of Science in Education with Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder combines Oregon Tech’s Graduate Certificate in ABA with Southern Oregon University’s Master of Science in Education autism specialist coursework and focuses on education settings.
In addition to the twelve course BCABA course sequence, electives to choose from include:
Organizational Behavior Management (ABA 565)
Application of the theory, principles, and methods of behavior analysis in businesses, industries, human service organizations, and governments. The course examines organizational systems including their parts, processes, and people and key components of process improvement. Research in OBM is applied to conducting behavioral systems analyses, designing process maps and generating basic interventions for improving organizational processes.
ABA and Education (ABA 566)
Applications of behavior analysis in education; instructional design and classroom behavior management applications in education, special education, and college instruction. Research based methods and applications of behavioral principles of learning and instruction for diverse populations in educational settings with focus on practical, ethical, and contextual considerations.
ABA and Health (ABA 567)
Application of the theory, principles, and methods of behavior analysis to areas of behavioral medicine, individual health, and public health. Examines behavior analytic research-based approaches and applications to health, behavioral medicine, public health, individual health. Focus on key components of health behavior change interventions.
ABA and Special Populations (ABA 577)
Applications of behavior analysis across diverse populations including intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and brain injury; ethical, legal, and practical considerations. Application of behavior analytic research and methods for selecting and assessing target behaviors, and designing and implementing appropriate interventions for diverse populations. Focus on legal, ethical, and practical considerations when working with special populations.
Community Behavior Analysis (ABA 575)
Applications of behavior analysis in the community; historical developments, conceptual issues, and practical issues are examined; applications to socially significant issues. Examines behavior analytic research and applications for addressing socially significant issues in the community. Focus on ethical and practical considerations for community based behavior change interventions.
Clinical Behavior Analysis (ABA 576)
Clinical applications of behavior analysis; focus on methods, theory, and evidence-based practices. Examination of the theory, background, and basic behavioral principles on which the techniques of behavior therapy are based. Focus on behavior therapy techniques, therapeutic process, and basic therapeutic skills.