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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Panel #108
Recruiting the Next Generation: Teaching Behavior Analysis to Undergraduate Students
Saturday, May 29, 2021
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Natalia Baires (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)
ROCIO ROSALES (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
BENJAMIN N. WITTS (St. Cloud State University)
KEVIN P. KLATT (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Abstract: When a student seeks 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 U.S. and an additional 77 programs worldwide currently offering coursework to prepare students for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam. These numbers have been on an increasing trend for the last several years. By comparison, 56 programs offer preparation for the BCaBA credential in the U.S., 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, minors, 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. Panelists will provide a brief overview of the university’s program(s) they are involved with, 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
Keyword(s): program development, recruitment, undergraduate education



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