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Online Programs in Behavior Analysis at
The University of Kansas Department of Applied Behavioral Science

The Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas offers two completely online programs in behavior analysis:

  1. BACB-verified Course Sequence in Behavior Analysis that meets the BACB’s coursework eligibility requirements
  2.  Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)  Preparation Course

The KU Department of Applied Behavioral Science is one of the top 10 behavior analytic graduate programs based on research rankings (see Dixon, Reed, Smith, Belisle, & Jackson, 2015) and second-most research-productive in applied behavior analysis (see Wilder, Lipschultz, Kelley, Rey, & Enderli, 2015). KU ABS pioneered translating basic behavioral research into evidence-based practices and, in the process, founded the field’s leading journal, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

BACB-verified Course Sequence in Behavior Analysis

The Department offers six graduate-level courses that, when successfully passed by the student, will fulfill the educational requirement to sit for the BACB certification. Each course earns three (3) graduate credits and meets the required 45 contact hours established by the BACB. The six courses are:

ABSC 770. Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation

ABSC 771. Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science

ABSC 850. Principles of Behavior Analysis

ABSC 851. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Applied Behavioral Science

ABSC 852. Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities

ABSC 853. Functional Behavioral Assessment

The courses earn graduate credit and are all online. They incorporate both asynchronous and synchronous delivery of material and classroom discussion. The entire sequence can be completed in one calendar year.

For more information about the BACB-verified course sequence, click here.

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Online Preparation Course

The Department offers a 40-hour completely online course to prepare the student take the BACB’s Registered Behavior Technician certification examination. This course  meets the BACB’s training requirement for Registered Behavior Technician certification.

This training is critically important, in that the number of children and adults needing behavioral health services is increasing despite a shortage of behavior technicians trained in the philosophy and competencies of behavior analysis. RBTs typically help on the ‘front lines’ to guide the implementation and skill development plans under the close supervision of a senior behavior analyst. Designed and conducted by our Board-Certified Behavior Analysts in the Department, this online prep course provides future RBTs with guided training to prepare them to take the RBT Competency Assessment and Exam.

The course is completely online, delivered in an asynchronous format, and completely self-paced, allowing the student to view the class units at their convenience.

For more information about the Registered Behavior Technician course, go to the University of Kansas Professional and Continuing Education.

For more Information about online behavior analysis programs at the University of Kansas, contact: Thomas Zane, Ph.D., BCBA, Director of Online Behavior Analysis Programs, email: tzane@ku.edu.


Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Edward Morris, Director of Graduate Studies, at ekm@ku.edu

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