Curriculum and In-Person Experiences


Emphasizing hands-on learning experiences, the BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons course sequence is focused on the full range of applications for the principles of behavior analysis. By concentrating on contemporary research and the science of behavior, students fully learn how to apply the principles of applied behavior analysis across a wide range of circumstances and gain a deeper understanding of these principles and how to apply them.

The BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons course sequence is verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI®) and meets the coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.

“The Simmons curriculum lays the foundation for high-quality behavior analytic work. It is comprehensive, robust, and requires that students learn the science of behavior analysis. Our goal is for students to understand the complex interactions that occur between the environment and behavior. We seek to foster a lifelong passion for achieving behavior change and encourage our students to think critically from a functional rather than prescriptive perspective when using behavior analysis to serve clients.”

—Noelle Neault, PhD, BCBA-D, Adjunct Faculty

Students are required to complete 42 credits of coursework over 23 months, including 10 credits of mentoring. Throughout the program, students will examine the concepts and methods of applied behavior analysis within the following areas:

  • Functional assessment and analysis
  • Ethics
  • Evidence-based instructional methods
  • Verbal behavior
  • Experimental analysis of behavior
  • Experimental design and research
  • Supervision

Course Sequence

Supervised Field Experience

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