Q and A Practicum

What courses are required before I begin my practicum?

SPCE 638 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis requires a grade of B or better in: 

    SPCE 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3) and 

    SPCE 611 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

SPCE 683 Practicum in Autism requires a grade of B or better in:

    SPCE 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

    SPCE 680 Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)

    SPCE 682 Interventions and Treatments for Persons with Autism (3)

How many weekly hours am I required to work to meet the obligations of the practicum?

You must work 10-30 hours per week. If you intend to sit for the BCBA exam, your hours should consist of activities outlined in the BACB Task List.

Do the practicum hours count towards the experience hours needed for the BCBA exam?   

There are three categories of experience defined by the BACB:  supervised independent fieldwork, practicum, and intensive practicum.  Our program is approved under the supervised independent fieldwork category, which means 1500 supervised independent fieldwork hours are required prior to the BCBA exam.  While you are enrolled in the practicum course, you may count 10-30 hours per week towards your total supervised independent fieldwork hours as long as you are supervised by a BCBA and participating in activities outlined in the BACB Task List.  You and your supervisor must complete the BACB experience training module before accumulating supervised independent fieldwork hours.  

Will fewer hours be required for the summer practicum course?

You will still be required to work 10-30 hours a week over the summer semester.

Where can I complete my SPCE 683 Autism practicum?

The practicum can be completed in a variety of settings, including schools, mental health centers, hospitals, behavior centers, and group homes, among others. You must ensure that you have the opportunity in the setting to work with a variety of individuals who have a current diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. You must ensure that you have the opportunity to implement behavioral programs you have been trained to develop in SPCE 609. 

Where can I complete my SPCE 638 ABA practicum?

The practicum can be completed in a variety of settings, including schools, mental health centers, hospitals, behavior centers, and group homes, among others. You must ensure that you have the opportunity to implement behavioral programs you have been trained to develop in SPCE 609 and SPCE 611.

Do I find my own site for the practicum?

Yes, you are responsible for finding a practicum site. However, the curriculum specialist in the Department of Special Education can assist you in finding a practicum site and making sure the site is appropriate based upon your career goals.

What if I have to change my practicum location during the semester?

All you need to do is to submit a new Practicum Plan to your Instructor and ensure that the new site will allow you to continue to meet the requirements of your practicum. 

Department of Special Education
Teachers College (TC), room 705
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5700