Applied behavior analysis is a scientific-based approach used to modify the behavior of children with autism spectrum disorder, behavior disorders, or cognitive disabilities. ABA can also be used with adults. It is the only treatment that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
Applied Behavior Analysis also involves understanding behavior and using this knowledge to change or maintain desired behaviors. For example, ABA can be used to:
- Increase positive behaviors, such as attending to a speaker or greeting a peer
- Correct oral motor problems
- Teach an individual a new skill, including using a spoon, letter sounds, or riding a bus independently
- Reduce or eliminate interfering or challenging behaviors in a variety of settings
This online minor is another option if you become a bachelor of general studies student as you will be required to take two minors. Many who are interested in this minor, also have interesting in our autism spectrum disorders minor. The ABA minor would also pairs well with psychology of human development, criminal justice, or sociology.
Prepares You for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Exam (BCaBA)
Our curriculum for this minor is approved to meet Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) course content standards to prepare you to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam. To become a BCaBA, you must obtain a bachelor’s degree, complete ABA coursework with a grade of C or better, fulfill 1,000 supervised field experience hours, apply to take the BCaBA exam, and pass the BCaBA exam.
This minor will also provide you with:
- The ability to develop, implement, and monitor behavioral programs to treat various kinds of behavior issues (e.g., excessive interfering behavior, skill deficits) within a variety of settings such as schools, treatment centers, and work settings
- The ability to conduct effective functional behavioral assessments and analyses in a variety of applied settings, and then use that information to develop appropriate behavioral intervention plans
- A firm foundation in ABA if you ever wish to pursue a master's degree in order to become a board-certified behavior analyst
Courses You Will Take
Courses in the ABA minor teach you the skills necessary to apply behavior analytic principles in numerous career settings.
- SPCE 280 Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy (3 credits)
- SPCE 307 Ethical and Professional Practice in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- SPCE 310* Application and Consultation in ABA (3 credits)
- SPCE 315 Advanced Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- SPCE 316 Single Subject Research Design and Application (3 credits)
*Requires a background check and some work with a client.
Your advisor notes that you will want to make sure you devote 10-15 hours per week per course to meet course requirements and adequately understand course content.
State Regulatory Authorizations
If you reside in a state other than Indiana, this information may apply to in regards to being admitted to Ball State.
If you have questions about this minor, you may contact either of the bachelor of general studies advisors Laura Waldron or Casey Schultz, or the ABA minor advisor Amy Chamberlain.