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As the primary evidence-based treatment for autism spectrum disorder, applied behavior analysis (ABA) is one of the fastest-growing areas in the helping professions, with practitioners teaching skills to people of all ages and supporting the acquisition of desirable behaviors.

Berry’s ABA minor prepares students for competitive graduate programs and meaningful careers helping people make socially significant changes.

For example, Mikayla Camacho, set to graduate in 2020, worked with Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Thom Ratkos to investigate how well young children can recall pictures after time delays in various contexts—later earning the award for Best Undergraduate Poster at the Georgia Association of Behavior Analysis Conference.

Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis (19 hours)

The ABA Minor introduces students to applied behavior analysis and the experimental analysis of behavior. Students will learn foundational principals of skill acquisition and behavior reduction, single-subject design methodology, and how these principles are translated into real-world applications from assessment to treatment addressing issues of social significance. The minor also addresses ethical considerations for professional conduct.

  • Open to ALL majors - only prerequisite is PSY101
  • includes our Verified Course Sequence that fulfills the coursework requirement for eligibility to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).

Benefits of the Autism Endorsement

  • Skill Enhancement in addressing skill acquisition and addressing challenging behaviors. 
  • Increasing the likelihood of being hired in a school system of your choice
  • A multidisciplinary understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Lifelong Mentors
  • Unique Research Opportunities
  • Eight Semesters of Paid Professional Development

If you are interested in learning more about careers and interventions that support positive outcomes for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities, consider taking PSY 222.

If you are not necessarily interested in working with special needs populations, the 5 course ABA sequence of classes (beginning with PSY 222) provides a foundation in understanding and changing animal behavior, teaching people of all ages, and strategies that support the acquisition of desirable behaviors that enhance functioning in many settings such as the work place (industry) and groups of all kinds.

ABA/Autism Program Information

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