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Applied Behavior Analysis:
A Growing Treatment of Choice for ASD & Behavior Issues
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.
Autistics may receive services from multi-disciplinary teams consisting of behavior analysts (BCBAs), counselors/psychologists, early intervention providers, teachers, occupational therapists, paraprofessionals, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, and more. ABA can be integrated into the various support specialities to enhance their effectiveness with ASD patients.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) awards professional certifications that are internationally recognized and are standards in the industry. BACB's two most common certifications are Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).
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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.
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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.
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:
| 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.
Fulfill BCaBA Certification Education Requirement
Ideal For Autism & Behavior Professionals
The BACB approved Applied Behavioral Analysis specialization will explore behavioral development from birth to adolescence. Students will extensively examine design, analysis, and application of learning theories and behavioral principles to understand what motivates human behavior. They will learn the skills required for a myriad of jobs, including working with autistic children and adults with special needs and assisting certified behavioral analysts who conduct research or create behavior modification programs.
The BS in Psychology program offers an Advanced Start option. If you earned an associate's or bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college, and you are interested in a career that focuses on human behavior and development, the Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Psychology is for you. The degree is also designed to prepare you to pursue graduate studies in psychology. Full-time students can complete this program in as little as 2 years.
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Kaplan University also offers:
| Capella University
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).
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.
Develop an understanding of human learning, emotions, and behaviors with this BS in Psychology specialization, designed around the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. You will also learn skills in research, writing, problem solving, and synthesizing and evaluating information, which are valued in a wide range of professions beyond psychology. Successful graduates of this program are prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue careers in a variety of fields that employ psychological knowledge and skills, including public service, law enforcement, business, sales, market research, health care, and social services. Capella offers concentrations in Marketing, Finance, and Project Management. >> Read about the BS/MS Option
Capella University also offers:
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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Post-Graduate Program for
Behavior & Education Professionals
All Coursework 100% Online
Ideal for Behavior and Education Professionals
Option to Fulfill Fieldwork Requirement with Fewer Hours
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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.