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BCBA Certification Preparation Programs

BCBA Degrees and Certificates
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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Kaplan University

Psychology /
Applied Behavioral Analysis
Master of Science

BACB Approved
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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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.

Applied Behavior Analysis
Graduate Certificate Plus Field Experience

BACB Approved
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

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.
  • 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.

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Capella University

Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Science

Capella University's BACB approved online Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis program prepares you to increase your impact with children and adults who have behavioral disorders. Courses are taught by faculty with top academic credentials, deep experience as practitioners, and Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) certifications. The program combines advanced psychology coursework with foundational knowledge of the field's major competency areas. The specialization courses in Capella's Master of Science in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis specialization are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

General Psychology
Master of Science

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.

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Brandman University Online

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Added Authorization & Certificate Program

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.

Early Childhood Special Education
Added Authorization Program

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.

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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.

BACB Approved
BCBA Post-Master's Certificate
Online BCBA
Post-Graduate Certificate

For Autism & Behavior Professionals

Applied Behavior Analysis

BACB Approved
Includes Local Practicum
Prepare for BCBA Certification

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  • All Coursework 100% Online
  • Be BCBA Eligible with Fewer Hours of Required Fieldwork
  • BACB Approved Program
  • Learn from the Nation's Oldest and Largest Graduate School for Psychology
  • 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.
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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)

    BACB Accepted
    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.

    • 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