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CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDIES (CAGS) IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CURRICULUM

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The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) program prepares graduates to assume supervisory behavior analyst roles in service agencies and in private and public school settings, and to serve as independent consultants. Additionally, it gives graduates expertise in a specific clinical area within applied behavior analysis. After students complete the six-course sequence that readies them to take the Behavior Analysis Certification Board exam, they take four additional courses in behavior analysis. These courses, which are related, explore the particular clinical issue in depth.

Four standard programs of study are offered; students may take one or two courses each academic term and chose from a number of summer enrollment options. These options include taking one or two courses, or not enrolling at all.

A representative program in which the student takes two courses during the academic year and one course in the summer follows. Behavior Assessment and Research Design and Methods must be taken first as they are prerequisites for enrolling the remaining four courses. Specialization courses are indicated only generally; specific courses are determined by the area chosen.

Sample Program Plan

Fall Year 1
CAEP 6327 Behavior Assessment
CAEP 6328 Research Design and Methods

Spring Year 1
CAEP 6334 Applied Programming 1
CAEP 6331 Advanced Learning 1

Summer 1
CAEP 6336 Systematic Inquiry in Applied Research 1

Fall Year 2
CAEP 6329 Service Administration
Foundations in Specialization Area

Spring Year 2
Behavior Intervention 1: Specialization Area
Behavior Intervention 2: Specialization Area

Summer 2
CAEP 6337 Systematic Inquiry in Applied Research 2

The capstone for the program is the Professional Portfolio. This portfolio, which is complied electronically, documents the student’s acquisition of critical behavioral procedures.

*Curriculum Subject to Change

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