Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (M.S.Ed.)

Program Description

The program seeks to enable students to work proficiently with the coherent system of concepts and principles of behavior analysis, preparing them for professional careers as education professionals in a variety of environments. The core principles and techniques of applied behavior analysis are broadly applicable; the interdisciplinary character of this program. The program provides competencies for diverse types of work, such as programming for people with disabilities, devising arrangements for more effective instruction and classroom management, teaching strategies for effective behavior management in home settings, and designing and improving performance, productivity, and safety in organizations.

Students in this interdisciplinary program complete coursework in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts.

Learning Objectives

Students who complete the program will:

  1. Develop fluency in working with the coherent system of behavior-analytic theory, concepts and principles.  This includes proficiency in functional analyses that inform the application of those principles in practical situations, detailed task analyses, and techniques of teaching as well as implementing of those principles.
  2. Identify and appropriately apply a variety of real-time measures of behavior, including time-sampling, response rate and time-allocation measured comparatively across individuals, settings, and staff members, including assessments of inter-observer agreement.
  3. Evaluate the data generated before and during interventions, using appropriate graphical methods, including computer-based graphics where appropriate.
  4. Identify the appropriate research designs, with emphasis upon within-subject designs such as reversal, multiple-baseline, multi-element, changing-criterion and, probe designs, including evaluations of both strengths and limitations of each. Students will be able to analyze and interpret behavior analytic data, and make sound research and application decisions based on a critical analysis of data.
  5. Write in a professional style, appropriate to relevant formats such as research reports, functional analyses, task analyses, and intervention plans.
  6. Identify the ethical principles governing interactions with clients in need of intervention.  They will also be conversant with the relevant legal issues and regulations.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Students who have completed the master’s program in ABA may become Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board requires 18 credit hours of approved coursework, in addition to supervised experience, in order to qualify for the examination. The examination may also be taken by people who have graduate degrees in areas relevant to education and psychology and who take Temple’s six-course sequence. For more information on the examination, students should contact the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at

Temple’s ABA program has had its ABA courses pre-approved for students who wish to take the examination.

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