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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS & CERTIFICATION OF ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDIES PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO

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The Professional Portfolio is the capstone for both the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs. This portfolio documents the student’s behavioral competency in critical clinical skills. These skills, each of which is associated with a specific project, include:

Intake Assessment

Functional Analysis

Task Analysis

Preference Assessment

Antecedent Intervention

Discrimination Training

Reinforcer Assessment

Consequence Intervention

Literature Review

Course assignments assist the student in designing and executing the projects associated with the skills, and in preparing the documentation required for their inclusion in the Professional Portfolio.

A faculty member reviews and signs each project in the Professional Portfolio. The signature indicates that student has achieved the faculty established standards for the project. Graduates are encouraged to use their Professional Portfolios when applying for employment.

Although a thesis is not required for graduation from either the Master of Science or CAGS program, students interested in research may combine two or three of the Professional Portfolio items into a research project. For example, the student may complete a literature on stereotypical behavior, then conduction a functional analysis and intervention with a participant who exhibits that behavior. The research project is then prepared in journal format for inclusion in the Professional Portfolio.

Projects may be submitted for inclusion in the Professional Portfolio at any time during the graduate program. When the student has completed all Professional Portfolio requirements, the program director should be notified so that a final review may take place. A complete Professional Portfolio is required for graduation.

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