Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles

Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Division of Special Education and Counseling

CSULA, Charter 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) [85 units]
 (Accredited by ABAI; pre-approved course sequence by BACB; Pre-approved Intense Practicum by BACB):

  • 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, case manager or behavioral consultant in the application of behavior analysis to the education and treatment of individuals in various settings.  Or, those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in behavior analysis.
  • Accepts ~  15 students per year
  • This program is housed within the Charter College of Education in the Division of Special Education and Counseling.  Current full-time faculty:  Dr. Randy Campbell and Dr. Michele Wallace.
Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings (pre-approved course sequence by BACB; applicant will have to meet additional supervision requirement to qualify to become a BCBA): [27 units; Post Baccalaureate]
  • This program is designed to provide practitioners, such as school psychologists, counselors, resource and program specialists, teachers, administrators, and others who work with students and teachers, the opportunity to develop specialized skills to function as a Behavior Analyst.
  • 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 degree or are currently enrolled in a master degree program.
Affiliated Programs:
  • MA in Special Education option in Autism [49 units]
  • MS in Counseling option in School Psychology [116-123 units]


Dr. Randy Campbell (Rh.D., University of Southern Illinois)
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  • Research interests are in applied behavior analysis dealing with parent education, child maltreatment, youth violence and developmental disabilities.
  • Selected Publications:
  1. Campbell, R. V. & Reilly, K. (January 24, 2007). Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC) Evaluation Project Preliminary Program Evaluation as     of 1.22.07. The Lake Arrowhead “Big Think” Sponsored by California Counselor Leadership Academy (CCLA) PowerPoint Presentation. (
  2. Campbell, R. V. & Reilly K. (September 8, 2006). Evaluation of the Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC): Interim Report. Los Angeles County Office of Education. (
  3. Huynen, K. B., Lutzker, J. R., Touchette, P. E., & Campbell, R. V. (1996). Planned activities training for mothers of children with developmental disabilities:  community generalization and follow-up.  Behavior Modification, 20, 406-427.
Dr. Michele Wallace (Ph.D., University of Florida)
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  • Research interests are in the area of the refinement of assessment and treatment methodologies; parent, student, and staff training; the acquisition of verbal behavior; and the interaction between medication and behavior in children with ADHD.
  • Selected Publications:
  1. Mayer, G. R., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., & Wallace, M. D. (2012).  Behavior analysis for last change. (2nd Edition)  Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY:  Sloan Publishing, LLC.
  2. Grauvogel-MacAleese, A. N., & Wallace, M. D. (2010).  Use of peer-mediated intervention in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Journal of Applied 
  3. Najdowski, A. C., Wallace, M. D., Reagon, K., Penrod, B., Higbee, T. S., & Tarbox, J. (2010).  Utilizing a home-based parent training approach in the treatment of food selectivity.  Behavioral Interventions, 25, 89-107. 
  4. Wallace, M. D. (2007).  A comprehensive analysis of mand training, The Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis, 2, 278-286.
    Behavior Analysis, 43, 547-551.
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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