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Become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification is the internationally recognized certification for Applied Behavior Analysis professionals. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is a certified behavior analyst, who is concerned with understanding and improving behavior. The BCBA has a variety of professional options as behavior modication / intervention is a growing and widespread field.
BCBA Career Overview
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BCBA Career Outlook
|Note on National and State Certifications:
BACB accredited programs prepare professionals for the nationally and internationally recognized BCBA or BCaBA certifications. Every State recognizes these certifications for ABA professionals.
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| Saint Joseph's University Online
The "America's Best Colleges" 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report has ranked Saint Joseph's University among the top 15 master's universities in the north and #8 in top regional universities in the north.
Qualify Toward BCBA Certification
The BACB approved online post-master’s certificate in behavior analysis is a six-course program designed to serve those interested in advancing their careers in various behavior management services such as behavior specialists, mobile therapists, educational consultants, speech-language pathologists, school counselors, school workers, criminal justice professionals, and human services professionals. The curriculum allows students the flexibility to concentrate on the theoretical and methodological knowledge needed to focus on the management skills necessary to succeed as upper-level decision makers. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has approved the Saint Joseph's University coursework in behavior analysis as meeting the coursework requirement for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination.
Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Degree
For BCBA Certification Eligibility
Designed for Professionals
In Justice System, Community Services, & Education
BACB approved coursework in Behavior Analysis is offered as a concentration in the M.S. in Criminal Justice or as a Post Master's. The application of behavior analysis is very broad, serving those who provide a variety of behavior management services, including individuals trained as behavior specialists, mobile therapists, educational consultants, speech-language pathologists, school counselors, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and human services professionals. Behavior Analysis is recognized as a "best practice" in the field of autism, behavioral health, addiction, and corrections. Throughout this program students will develop the skills to transfer basic principles of behavior analysis into effective comprehensive functional behavioral assessments, behavioral interventions, and program evaluation. This program allows students the flexibility to concentrate on the theoretical and methodological knowledge needed to focus on the management skills necessary to succeed as upper-level decision makers.
Qualify Toward BCaBA Certification
If you have already earned a bachelor's degree and want to pursue a BCaBA certification, you can obtain the BACB approved Online Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Autism Studies. This is an 8-course post baccalaureate certificate, which consists of 5 theoretical courses and 3 Practicum (field experience) courses. The Kinney Center at Saint Joseph's University offers students, who have completed the approved course sequence, 3 practicum courses where they can accrue roughly 225 hours of experience in each one. Students who complete 670 hours of Practicum in behavior analysis within a university experience program approved by the BACB will meet the Experience Requirements. Therefore, an SJU student who takes and passes all 3 Practicum courses will meet the experience requirements.
Teachers, Parents, and Support Professionals
100% Online Program
Just 6 Courses, Undergraduate Level
Can be Applied Toward Bachelor Degree
In response to the recent rise in ASD diagnoses, Saint Joseph’s now offers coursework in autism studies for occupational therapists, mobile therapists, speech pathologist, physical therapists, policy-makers, health care providers and even loved ones of those with ASD to help individuals on the spectrum succeed in their personal and professional lives. The six-course undergraduate certificate offers an introduction to the theories, techniques, treatment and therapies of autism.
In addition to being offered as a six course certificate, the Autism Studies courses may also be applied toward a concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies major. This bachelor would fulfill BACB's education requirements toward BCaBA eligibility.
Saint Joseph's University also offers:
| Kaplan University
Fulfill BCBA Certification Education Requirement
Ideal For Autism & Behavior Professionals
The BACB approved program will focus on the processes that underlie the individual human experience and behavior, as well as core knowledge, theories, and research in the field. Students of the Applied Behavioral Analysis specialization will focus on the developmentally disabled, the autistic, and individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Students will utilize behavioral concepts and theories, and develop assessment and intervention skills.
This program is approved by BACB and fulfills BACB's graduate level degree and coursework requirements for BCBA candidates. Graduates of this program do not have to complete additional graduate level coursework to be eligible for BCBA certification.
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Kaplan University also offers:
(U.S. & Canadian Applicants)
UMass Online offers online programs from the prestigious and top ranking University of Massachusetts. UMass Lowell’s Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program was Awarded Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program by the Sloan Consortium.
Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Program
Focus on Autism
Choose from Two Tracks
Developed in collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, this award-winning BACB approved program is one of the very few in the country available entirely online for individuals interested in expanding their knowledge of behavioral intervention for autism. With a critical shortage of skilled early intervention professionals in the United States, UMass Lowell's autism program is meeting the growing demand for specialists is this field.
BCBA Certification Preparation Track
The BCBA Certification Track is designed for professionals pursuing the BCBA credential. The six online courses have been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the BCBA graduate level coursework requirement.
Applied Behavior Analysis with Autism Focus
For Master's Degree Holders Pursuing BCBA Certification
- 6-course Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) preparation program
- Sequence of online autism courses approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB)
- Meet coursework requirements towards national certification as a Behavior Analyst
- Applicants for this track must have a master's degree
Behavioral Intervention in Autism (BIA)
Graduate Certificate Track
This program is an excellent option for professionals and parents who want to better understand and serve autistic individuals.
- 4-course BIA graduate certificate program
- Designed for professionals working in education, child care, speech and language disorders, and mental health and human services
- Provides understanding of autism and related development disorders, as well as an introduction to behavioral methods and how and where such methods can be used
- Ideal for parents of autistic children
- Requires bachelor's degree for admission
The courses for the BIA certificate program can be applied toward UMass' Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction / Autism Studies.
UMass Online also offers:
| The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
The nation's oldest and largest graduate school focused exclusively on psychology and related behavioral sciences.
Named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2009 (for the third consecutive year) and the only school of professional psychology to receive this award with distinction.
This BACB approved program is designed for experienced behavior professionals who want to advance their careers and pursue BCBA certification and educators wishing to improve instruction and behavior management in their classrooms.
Behavior Analysis Graduate Coursework
Includes Supervised Field Experience Options
Complete in Under a Year as a P/T Student*
Ideal For Autism, Behavior, & Education Professionals
- BACB approved sequence of coursework for BCBA certification eligibility
- Includes optional supervised practicum
- For behavior analysis and related professionals who want to update their licensure and/or develop mastery of behavior analytic theories and procedures
- For educators who want to improve instruction and behavior management in the classroom, especially special education and early childhood education professionals
- Can complete in one year as a part-time student*
- Applicants must hold a Master's degree from an accredited institution, that was conferred in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, human services, engineering, medicine, or related behavior analysis field approved by the BCBA
* Completion time is dependent on availability of field supervision. Students are not required to complete supervised field work with CSPP although the BACB requires supervised field work to be completed prior to sitting for the certification exam. CSPP offers options for for supervised fieldwork.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology also offers:
| Capella University
Capella's online Master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis provides the skills to help you develop and achieve your goals. Courses are taught by faculty with top academic credentials, Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) certifications, and deep practitioner experience, and combine advanced psychology coursework with foundational knowledge of the field's major competency areas.
Enrich your understanding of general psychological principles, theories, and research methodologies, then use electives to delve more deeply into specific topics that position you to make a greater difference in your work. Choose established areas of psychological study such as addiction or health psychology, select a family psychology concentration, or design an interdisciplinary program that blends psychology with education, business, or human services courses. People who choose this specialization are often pursuing specialist or supervisory positions in social or behavioral service organizations, or wish to explore a broad psychological curriculum in preparation for doctoral studies.
Concentrations: As part of this specialization, you can use your electives to earn a concentration in Family Psychology.
Capella University also offers:
Brandman University Online
CTC Approved for California Educators
Pursuing ASD Added Authorization
Ideal for Educators, Behavior Professionals and Parents
Option 1: CA Autism Added Authorization
Option 2: Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Option 3: Individual Courses
The 4 course, 12 unit ASD program is designed for special educators, general education teachers, paraprofessionals, and school administrators. The courses may also be valuable for teachers without the credentials required for the authorization and others who work with children on the autism spectrum. It is also designed for social workers, psychologists, parents, and others working with or interested in children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. This group is welcome to take these courses individually or to successfully complete the entire program and receive a certificate of completion representing professional development.
Brandman's ASD Added Authorization program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Candidates who successfully complete the requirements will have earned the authorization to serve students with ASD.
CTC Approved for California Educators
Pursuing ECSE Added Authorization
This program allows students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and other support services to children ages birth to pre-K with disabilities and their families. The spectrum of conditions that an Early Childhood Education added authorization graduate may encounter includes children with developmental delays, emotional disturbance, low incidence, traumatic brain injury and specific learning disabilities among others.
Each candidate learns to demonstrate the skills required to ensure that the intervention and/or instructional environment are appropriate to the child’s chronological age, developmental differences and disability specific needs. It is particularly designed for the special education teacher that already holds a CTC credential and wants to teach children with disabilities ages 0-5 in programs administered by school districts, county office of education or Regional Center Programs.
Brandman's ECSE Added Authorization program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The added authorization in Early Childhood Special Education is designed for special educators who hold a valid Preliminary, Clear, Level I, Level II, Professional Clear, or Life Special Education Teaching Credential.
Brandman University also offers:
Western Governors University
WGU is the only exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its online teaching degree programs. Chosen as an NEA Academy Partner for it's quality and value. Top quality education that is among the lowest in cost online.
For Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Leads to Teacher Licensure
The B.A. in Special Education (PK-12) teaches the content knowledge and effective teaching skills to become a special education instructor for students with mild to moderate disabilities. This degree is a cross-categorical model for initial certification. You'll become a highly qualified educator prepared to make a difference with those who need it most. In some states, the program will lead to dual licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education.
For Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Benefit from NEA Academy Partnership
The M.S. in Special Education (PK-12) will enhance your teaching talents and enable you to teach students with mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities. You will become an endorsed special education teacher with the instructional design skills to make a difference.
| Walden University
Chosen as an NEA Academy Partner for it's quality and value. Walden University offers the No. 1 Largest Online Graduate Program in Education By Enrollment (U.S. News & World Report). WU's School of Education is currently a candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Nation's Largest Graduate Program in Education
Benefit from NEA Academy Partnership
If you are an experienced special educator with the desire to enhance your skills by incorporating the latest developments in the field into your program, this specialization offers a path to continuing professional achievement. Walden's M.S. in Education with a Special Education specialization synthesizes the most current research in the arenas of neuroscience, assessment, and scientifically based interventions so that you can determine best practices for student learning. (This program does not lead to teacher licensure.)
The program emphasizes the following strategies:
Walden University also offers:
- Design and implement curricula to facilitate standards-based learning of individuals with disabilities.
- Assemble and evaluate data about individuals with disabilities in order to make effective decisions related to special education programs.
- Employ assistive technology to promote higher levels of student engagement and learning.
- Establish and foster a culturally responsive classroom that supports learning at all levels.
|Why I Became a Behavior Analyst
Applied Behavior Analysis
A Growing Treatment of Choice
Over the past 60 years, applied behavior analysis has become recognized as the treatment of choice for behavior problems associated with mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, and other disorders. Many people also recognize that applied behavior analysis is capable of producing remarkable results in classroom learning. Behavior Analysis is also recognized as "best practices" in the field of autism, behavioral health, addiction, and corrections.
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BCBA Post-Master's Certificate
All Coursework 100% Online
Be BCBA Eligible with Fewer Hours of Required Fieldwork
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Learn from the Nation's Oldest and Largest Graduate School for Psychology
Autism Is Still on the Rise
Since its first studies in 2000, the CDC has seen a steady and strong rise in the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In 2012, the CDC reported that (based on 2008 findings) 1 in 88 children have been diagnosed with Autism. That is a 23% increase from the previous 2006 data.
In the same report, the CDC noted that:
- ASDs are reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
- ASDs are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls (1 in 252).
- About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.
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Update on BCBA Course Requirement
The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) has made changes to their requirements for candidates looking to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). The 4th Edition Task List will affect students taking the BACB exams starting in 2015.
- Beginning January 2015, the coursework eligibility requirements will increase 45 hours, from 225 hours to 270 hours, and there is now a requirement for a freestanding ethics course for BCBA.
- Beginning January 2015, a new exam will be administered to applicants that apply after September 2014.
- Students that qualify and apply for the BCBA exam under the 3rd Edition Task List can take the old exam through September 2014.
- Students that qualify and apply for the exam by September 2014 under the old requirements, but do not take or fail the old exam, can take the new exam in January 2015.
>> BACB Update: Course Requirements (pdf)
Degrees & Coursework
for BCBA and BCaBA Candidates
Aside from Applied Behavior Analysis degree holders, candidates with other degrees are also eligible for certification.
Effective January 2011, the following degrees were deemed acceptable by the BACB for BCBA and BCaBA candidates who wish to pursue certification.
- Clinical, counseling, or school psychology
- Clinical social work
- Occupational therapy
- Speech/language therapy
Candidates with degrees in other fields must contact BACB to request consideration for eligibility.
BCBA Candidates: If you hold a BACB approved master's degree in applied behavior analysis, your degree fulfills the graduate coursework requirement toward BCBA certification eligibility. If you hold a master's degree in a BACB approved related field, you will need to complete BACB approved graduate level ABA coursework.
BCaBA Candidates: If you hold a BACB approved bachelor's degree in applied behavior analysis, your degree fulfills the coursework requirement toward BCaBA certification eligibility. However, you intend to advance to BCBA certification, you must earn (1) a BACB approved ABA master's degree or (2) a degree in an approved related field plus BACB approved graduate level ABA coursework.
BACB Approved programs include the following content:
- Ethical considerations
- Definition & characteristics and principles, processes & concepts
- Behavioral assessment and selecting intervention outcomes & strategies
- Experimental evaluation of interventions
- Measurement of behavior and displaying & interpreting behavioral data
- Behavioral change procedures and systems support
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