College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles

Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Division of Special Education and Counseling

CSULA, College of Education

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The aim of the program is to provide a comprehensive training in behavior analysis with an emphasis in application.  Students are expected to develop both a theoretical understanding as well as mastery of the application of the science of behavior.

Program Descriptions
Master of Science in Counseling (Applied Behavior Analysis Option) [52-56 units]
 (Accredited by ABAI; Verified Course Sequence (VCS); Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis is the application of learning principles to problems of social importance.  It is a systematic, performance based, self-evaluative methodology for assessing and changing socially important behavior.
  • This program is designed for those who plan to work as a behavior analyst who work with individuals with intelectual and developmental disabilities in various settings.  This program also helps prepare those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in behavior analysis.
  • Accepts ~  24 students per year
  • This program is housed within the College of Education in the Division of Special Education and Counseling.  Current full-time faculty:  Dr. Michele Wallace, and Dr. Jennifer Weyman.

Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings (Verified Course Sequence; applicant will have to meet additional supervision requirement to qualify to become a BCBA): [21 units; Post Baccalaureate]

  • The behavior-analytic course work to meet the content area requirements by the BACB. It is designed for those wishing to pursue their BCBA certificate.
  • Those who complete the program will develop specialized skills for designing; implementing and evaluating Applied Behavior Analysis programs in behavior management, motivation, teaching, and consultation.
  • Accept ~ 30 students per year
  • Students who apply for the certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis in educational settings should already have a master's degree or are currently enrolled in a master's degree program.

Affiliated Programs:

  • MA in Special Education option in Autism [30-34 units]
  • MS in Counseling option in School Psychology [72-76 units]



Michele D. Wallace, Ph.D., BCBA-D (University of Florida)
Program Coordinator

College of Education
Division of Special Education & Counseling

Office: King Hall C-1072F

Research interests include the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, parent and staff training, and supervision practices.

Selected Publications

Conklin, S. M & Wallace, M. D. (2019). Pyramidal parent training using behavioral skills training: Training caregivers in the use of differential reinforcement procedure. Behavioral Interventions, 34, 377-387.

Mayer, G. R., & Wallace, M. D. (2020). Behavioral Consulting Improving Client and Consultee Learning and Behavior. Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing.

Wallace, M. D., & Mayer, G. R. (2021). Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for Behavior Technicians (BTs) and Other Practitioners (3rd Edition). Cornwall-on-Hudson. NY: Sloan Publishing.

Mayer, G. R., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., & Wallace, M. D. (2022). Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change (5th) Edition). Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing

Jennifer R. Weyman, Ph.D., BCBA-D (University of South Florida)
Assistant Professor

College of Education
Division of Special Education & Counseling

Office: King Hall C-1072F

Research interests include the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, the assessment and treatment of restricted and repetitive behavior, and parent training.

Selected Publications

Weyman, J. R., Bloom, S. E., Campos, C., & Garcia, A. R. (2022). An application of the trial-based functional analysis to assess problem behavior evoked by ritual interruption. Behavioral Interventions, 1-XXX.

Weyman, J. R., Bloom, S. E., Campos, C., & Garcia, A. R (2021). Some effects of praise during the escape condition of the functional analysis. Behavioral Interventions, 36(1), 58-66.

Weyman. J. R., & Sy, J. R. (2018). Effects of neutral and enthusiastic praise on the rate of discrimination acquisition. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 51(2), 335-344.

Selected Thesis Projects

  • Myth or Fact: Behavioral Contrast in a School Setting. M. J. Berlin
  • Spoon Distance Fading as an Intervention for Food Refusal.  B. Holland
  • Effectively Translating Indirect Assessments With an Eye Toward Reliability and Validity. C Vega
  • Training Caregivers in Functional Analysis Methodology and Function-Based Treatment Development for Elders with Challenging Behaviors. R. Gutterson
  • Evaluation of instructions and video-scoring with respect to teaching children abduction prevention skills.  J. M. L. Chen
  • Staff training on naturalistic teaching strategies:  A component analysis.  C. Soliva
  • Using natural stimuli to signal availability of reinforcement during FCT.  A. Jimenez

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