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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

Association for Behavior Analysis (ABAI) LogoA Behavior Analyst utilizes principles of learning to develop evidence‐based procedures and treatments for analyzing and changing behavior to help individuals learn more effective ways of living and working in society. The application of these procedures in real-world environments is called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

This major is designed for the student who is interested in providing behavioral services to individuals, families, schools, group homes, mental health agencies, and industrial/business settings. Practicums are typically available at the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) at the Munroe‐Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center working with children who have been diagnosed with autism, severe behavior problems, and feeding disorders. During their internship, most students will complete the requirements for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential which will be highly valued by internship sites and impact future job opportunities. This major prepares students for graduate study in behavior analysis or related areas and for national certification as an assistant‐level Behavior Analyst.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified Midland University’s Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence. This is important for those seeking certification because it gives graduates academic and experience credentials needed to obtain certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Certification as a BCaBA is recognized as an advantage by many employers and graduate programs.

A Midland Applied Behavior Analysis major will:

  1. Describe the philosophical underpinnings of ABA
  2. Define and provide examples of concepts and principles of ABA
  3. Utilize appropriate measurement, data display, and interpretation
  4. Apply the scientific method to human behavior, including appropriate experimental design
  5. Apply ethical principles and code of conduct
  6. Conduct behavior assessment
  7. Use behavior change procedures
  8. Select and implement interventions
  9. Implement effective personnel supervision and management principles

Career Opportunities

Midland University’s ABA major prepares students with the tools to succeed in a wide range of careers. Some career opportunities include:

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Autism Specialist
  • Parent and Caregiver Trainer
  • Classroom Behavior Specialist
  • School Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Researcher
  • Public Policy Advocate


A full list of Midland University courses and credit information can be found in the Academic Catalog.

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