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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.

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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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Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

The Master’s of Education in Advanced Instruction is geared towards current K-12 teachers ready to develop communities of practice amongst fellow educators and acquire the advanced research and effective teaching methods needed to help transform the lives of all students. You will be challenged to address problems of practice in new and dynamic ways as you explore leadership opportunities in your own school and communities.

In addition to earning a Master’s of Education in Advanced Instruction degree in a core content area, candidates have the opportunity to earn an Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities. The credential program is designed to prepare you to develop or improve the specialized knowledge and skills needed to recognize and respond to the individual differences among students with special education needs.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder
Master of Arts

Ideal for Special Education Teachers

GCU's Autism Spectrum Disorder MA Degree program provides licensed special education teachers a deep understanding of an educator's responsibility to special needs students. The 32-credit online College of Education degree features eight heavily targeted courses on special education services for ASD students. It offers an orientation into the theoretical foundations of ASD's and the implications of an ASD student's exceptional needs in a school environment.

Through evidence-based practices and professional learning dispositions, the program focuses intensively on learner growth. It explores assistive technologies that enhance communication with ASD students. As the scope of the curriculum expands, it provides an in-depth study of legal policy and advocacy for ASD students within an ethical framework of their rights and responsibilities.

The program dissects a growing body of knowledge on the application of brain research in classroom practice that impacts curricular, instructional and assessment decisions of teachers each day. From neuroscience to the behavioral and cognitive sciences, it examines the intricacies of the mind as it relates to teaching and learning.

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.

CDC Announced
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.
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.

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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.

  • Education
  • Clinical, counseling, or school psychology
  • Clinical social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Engineering
  • Medicine

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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