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The minor in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at the Fischler College of Education prepares doctoral students to use ABA in a variety of settings as leaders in education and human services. The minor courses have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to meet the academic requirements for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Behavior analysis is used in intervention with students autism, emotional disabilities, and to prevent violence in schools. In addition, applied behavioral analysis training focuses on the change process using ABA in organizations from corporations to schools.
The concentration component of the Doctor of Education degree with a minor in School Business Leadership at the Fischler College of Education allows students to maximize their knowledge and skills of their current and/or an emerging field. Students seeking a Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis should consider the Ed.D. program with a minor in applied behavior analysis. Concentrations require a minimum of 18 credits in the area of study, but may require up to 24 credits. Concentration courses in school business leadership must be taken online.
Concentrations include (18-24 credits):
Curriculum & Teaching
Early Childhood Education
Elementary and Middle Grade Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education
Health Care Education
Human Services Administration
Instructional Technology and Distance Education (ITDE)
Through the elective component, students individualize their doctoral degrees. Depending on the number of credits required in the main concentration, students must complete the minimum credit requirements using electives. These electives may also be applied toward a second concentration (18–24 credits) or a minor (15 credits). Elective courses must be taken online.
ARC 8919: Single Subject Research (3 credits) This course covers basic concepts and methods employed in single-subject research. Participants will learn about single-subject research designs including the case study, AB and its variations, changing criterion, multiple baseline, and alternating treatment. Important factors in designing and critically reviewing single-subject research will be presented, along with options for analyzing data from single-subject research studies. Ethical issues in single- subject research will also be reviewed. Prerequisite/s: None
EDD 9650: Behavioral Principles and Concepts (3 credits) This course will focus on the basic concepts underlying the application of applied behavior analysis. History of the development of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a science, its relationship to education and psychology, and an overview of the present applications of ABA provide an introduction to the application of ABA in a variety of settings. The majority of the course will focus on the basic underlying principles of ABA upon which all more advanced assessments and applications are based. Prerequisite/s: None
EDD 9655: Functional Behavior Assessment (3 credits) This course will build on the course on behavioral principles to introduce methods of assessment grounded in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The primary focus will be on choosing assessment strategies and matching assessment information to intervention strategies. Research on assessment of individuals and organizations will be included. Functional assessment technologies for assessing the purpose of challenging behaviors, methods for assessing effects of intervention, and methods of data collection in a variety of educational and human settings will be discussed. Methods of sharing assessment information with a variety of audiences will be covered. Prerequisite/S: EDD 9650
EDD 9660: Applications of ABA in Education and Human Services (3 credits) This course is designed to demonstrate the application of behavioral principles in order to effect behavior change. The primary focus will be on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures as they are applied to individuals, classrooms, schools, and organizations. Models of evidence-based practice using ABA will be highlighted. Selecting effective interventions based on multiple sources of assessment data will be emphasized. Methods of performance based training and collaboration with systems of support will be emphasized. Prerequisite/s: EDD 9650
EDD 9665: Leadership and Ethical Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits) This course is the summative course of the series and will focus on case studies and applications of the previous knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Specific focus will be on the role of the behavior analyst in a variety of applied settings including schools, clinics, and human services organizations. Methods for effective development of relationships with clients and other professionals will be highlighted with a focus on potential ethical issues. Students will identify potential ethical pitfalls and problems within their own workplace or in case studies and develop behavior analytic solutions to leading change in their own environments. Prerequisite/s: EDD 9650
EDD 9670: Ethical and Professional Conduct in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits) This course provides in-depth coverage of ethics and professional behavior in applied behavior analysis as set forth by BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. The course content focuses on the importance of practicing within one's competency limits, obtaining consent, utilizing research-based methods and protecting confidentiality as it relates to the behavior analytic field. This course emphasizes the necessity of protecting a client's dignity, health, and safety in the applied field. Participants will understand the rational for demonstrating ethical behavior while implementing behavior intervention services and gain a comprehensive understanding of the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. In addition, students will be taught the BACB Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards. Pre-Requisites: EDD 9650
Coursework for the Ed.D. is offered in a variety of formats – completely online, at NSU's Main Campus in South Florida, or through a combination of on-site and online (blended) classes. The distance education program at NSU's College of Education allows busy professionals the option to complete their doctoral degrees in conflict resolution without leaving their jobs or traveling great distances. Students may elect to take their core seminars at the sites or completely online. Concentration and elective courses will be delivered completely online.
Online courses allow international students and those who don't live near our South Florida campuses to interact in a virtual classroom.
Blended programs combine on-site and online instruction. On-site courses are offered periodically over weekends and supplemented with online study.
Individuals who want to earn an Ed.D. in conflict resolution and those who are looking for an online doctorate in education can benefit from this program.
The Applied Dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more research questions. It is required of all FCE doctoral students and its purpose is to improve practice in education and human services. The dissertation process consists of a total of 12 credits encompassing three major benchmarks (i.e., concept paper, proposal, and final report).
If the program is not completed within 24 months, continuing dissertation services will begin on the 25th month. Students must enroll in ADS 8090 between the 25th and 36th months of their program and in ADS 8091 beginning the 37th month of their program in order to receive dissertation services from their committee chairs and/or the applied research center.
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies program is designed for individuals with master’s degrees or higher who are interested in earning a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from among 20 fields of study. (No degree is conferred upon completion; however, credits can be applied toward a Doctor of Education degree.)
To earn a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in ABA, students will be required to take 15 credits from the ABA minor and 9 credits from another concentration or minor.