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Post-Master's Coursework in Behavior Analysis

Planned Course Info & Schedule

All courses will be taught by certified, doctoral-level behavior analysts with clinical experience, and approval of these courses as an official course progression for certification is currently being sought.*  

In addition, in order to serve the needs of working professionals, all courses will meet in the evenings, and it will be possible to complete all five courses within a ten-month time frame. 

Summer 2013 (beginning in July)

PSY 518: Introduction to Behavior Analysis

A study of the principles of respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning, as well as the application of these principles as a means to modify behavior through the following techniques: Desensitization, counter-conditioning, extinction, stimulus control processes, reinforcement, punishment, modeling.

Fall 2013

PSY 512: Theories of Learning

Examines the explanations of human learning processes offered by various behavioral and cognitive theorists. Classical and contemporary theories and applications are presented dealing with topics such as conditioning, motivation, memory, and problem solving.

PSY 528: Behavioral Research and Ethics

A study of two related topics necessary for the development of competency in developing and implementing behavioral interventions. The first is single-case research design, which is the primary research design utilized for applied research in behavior analysis as well as implementation of interventions to treat behavioral deficits and excesses in the practice of applied behavior analysis. The second topic is the code of ethics developed by the field for research in and the practice of applied behavior analysis.

Spring 2014

PSY 522: Behavioral Assessment

A study of the conceptual background and practical application of behavioral assessment techniques. The focus will not be on the diagnosis of a particular form of psychopathology, but rather on the function a particular behavior or set of behaviors is serving. Methods ranging from interviews with parents and direct care staff to the experimental analysis of function will be discussed, with emphasis on the idea that once function has been identified, it will be possible to design a behavioral intervention to treat a behavioral excess based on its function(s), and thus, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of behavioral treatment.

PSY 542: Behavioral Treatment & Systems Support

A study of the conceptual background and practical application of behavioral treatment techniques. With behavioral excesses, it is essential to determine the function that the behavior or set of behaviors is serving via behavioral assessment. Then, a functional treatment can be created to decrease excesses, which will be more effective and less restrictive than treatment that ignores function. Treatments to increase existing deficits in behavior will also be considered. Finally, considerations with regard to support of behavioral interventions within different settings (home, school, etc.) will be examined, including ethical considerations.

*Certification in behavior analysis requires a supervised field work component in addition to coursework. Shippensburg University does not provide the opportunity for supervised field work for Post-Master’s students. For additional information on these requirements, visit