Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #607
CE Offered: BACB
Recruiting the Next Generation: Teaching Behavior Analysis to Undergraduate and High School Students
Monday, May 25, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence D
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Rocio Rosales, Ph.D.
Chair: Rocio Rosales (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
TRACI M. CIHON (University of North Texas)
BENJAMIN N. WITTS (St. Cloud State University)
KEVIN P. KLATT (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

If a student decides to pursue graduate education in Behavior Analysis, they have a wide range of options. According to the Association for Behavior Analysis International Verified Course Sequence Directory, there are over 200 graduate programs across 45 states in the US, and an additional 77 programs worldwide that offer coursework to prepare students for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam. By comparison, 56 programs offer preparation for the BCaBA credential in the US, while 45 programs offer coursework at the bachelor’s level across the globe. Beyond the BACB credentials, university programs across the country have developed undergraduate degree programs, tracks, and concentrations in Behavior Analysis. The purpose of this panel is to discuss and highlight the importance of an undergraduate education in Behavior Analysis; and we will review emerging efforts to extend recruitment of behavior analysts to high school students. Panelists will provide a brief overview of their university’s program(s), share strategies for the development of similar programs, and offer insights on how best to maximize time with students early in their formal education.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

behavior analysts working in academic settings that do not currently offer undergraduate training in behavior analysis; graduate students or post-docs preparing for a career in academia

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Describe both common and unique elements of undergraduate programs that have a focus in behavior analysis; 2. Identify possible barriers to implementing programs at the undergraduate level and ways to address these barriers; and 3. Discuss the many advantages of offering coursework in behavior analysis to undergraduate and high school students.
Keyword(s): behavior analysis, high school, teaching, undergraduate students



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