Q and A Practicum

Q: What courses are required before I begin my Practicum?
A: SPCED 638 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis requires:
    SPCED 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3) and 
    SPCED 611 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
For
    SPCED 683 Practicum in Autism 
    SPCED 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
    SPCED 680 Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
    SPCED 682 Interventions and Treatments for Persons with Autism (3)

Q: How many hours weekly am I required to work to meet the obligations of the practicum?
A: You must work 30 hours per week. Ensure that you are participating in activities outlined in the BACB Task List for your ABA Practicum and the BACB Autism Task List for the Autism Practicum.

Q: Will fewer hours be required for the summer practicum course?
A: You will still be required to work 30 hours a week over the summer semester.

Q: Where can I complete my practicum for the Autism Certificate?
A: The practicum can be completed in a variety of settings, included 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 SPCED 609.

Q: Where can I complete my practicum for ABA?
A: The practicum can be completed in a variety of settings, included 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 SPCED 609 and SPCED 611.

Q: Do I find my own site for the practicum?
A: Yes, you are responsible for finding a practicum site. However, the practicum instructor at Ball State University will assist you in finding a practicum site and making sure the site is appropriate based upon your career goals.

Q: What if I decide to change from just the Certificate Program to pursuing my BCBA?
A: Yes, you will be able to do this. All you will need to resubmit an Individual Student Agreement to the Instructor. You will then be required to be supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Q: What if I have to change my practicum location during the semester what should I do?
A: 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.

Q. Are 6 hours of the SPCED 638 Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum?
A. You may substitute (SPCED 660) Verbal Behavior for one 3 hour credit of the 6 hour required ABA practicum.
Department of Special Education
Teachers College (TC), room 722
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5700