Behaviour analysis has been recognised as the basis for medically necessary intervention and educational provision for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With the growing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (now estimated to be 1:88) behaviour analysis has experienced a significant rise in popularity. There are over 13,000 Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs) worldwide and this number is predicted to rise given that professional approval is seen as the key to delivering high quality services to individuals, families, in schools and in related settings. Furthermore, behaviour analysis is increasingly being applied to general education, special education and organisational leadership settings.
The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis is a highly interactive blended learning programme providing professionals from a wide range of backgrounds with scientifically validated expertise that is applicable to mainstream and special needs education, inclusion, curriculum, learning, and pedagogy.
This programme should be of interest to professionals wishing to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts, to those in the helping professions (e.g. teachers, speech/language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists) and students preparing for PhD studies.
The Centre for Behaviour Analysis is well connected both locally and internationally and unique project and employment opportunities arise on a regular basis.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has approved the six core modules of this course sequence, which covers the curriculum as outlined in the 4th Task List (www.bacb.com).
Students who successfully complete an approved course sequence, have a Masters degree and have fulfilled practice requirements are eligible to take the BACB Certification exam and become BCBAs. The exam is a 4-hour/160 question Multiple Choice Test and preparation for taking multiple choice tests is an integral part of the MSc ABA assessment structure.
The BCBA qualification is internationally recognised and endorsed. BACB practice requirements will not be included in this programme; however, the Centre for Behaviour Analysis has close links with international service and placement providers, and can provide contacts for supervised placements that fulfil the BACB practice requirements.
The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis is designed to meet the needs of the local and international professionals and is delivered via blended learning. A diploma option is also available.