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Behavior Analysis Certificate
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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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Featured Autism ABA Online Schools
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The nation's oldest 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
BCBA Respecialization
Post-Master's 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 BCBA Respecialization online certification program is designed to provide working professionals—including current behavior analysts or professionals in psychology, education, child care, speech and language pathology, and social services—a mastery of behavior analytic theories and procedures.
  • 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.

Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Science

BACB Approved
Behavior Analysis Graduate Coursework
Includes Supervised Field Experience Options

Ideal For Autism, Behavior, & Education Professionals

The BACB approved M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis develops and graduates professionals who can support individuals and organizations as well as select, implement and manage effective systems to improve outcomes across a variety of settings. The program provides students with a solid understanding of the Science and Philosophy of Behavior Analysis as the foundation that informs Applied Behavior Analysis, the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Service Delivery domains to produce graduates who rely on the science of behavior to contribute to the betterment of society.

The objective of the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program is to provide students with a solid foundation in applied behavior analysis. Students are trained to understand the principles of Behavior Analysis and learn how they underlie applied practice. Students learn to implement ABA procedures correctly and ethically, and gain the skills to move forward to the next steps in their professional progression including eligibility for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.

Students enrolled in the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program take courses covering the content areas and practicum requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification and also receive a solid foundation in the philosophy, science, and application of behavior analysis. The aim is to prepare students to sit for the BCBA exam and for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

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University of Cincinnati

Behavior Analysis
Graduate Certificate

BACB Approved Course Sequence
Prepare to Sit for BCBA Certification Exam

The BACB approved online Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate teaches students methods to develop effective interventions to address a wide array of learning and problem behaviors across typically developing populations and disability categories in both clinical and educational settings. Grounded in the ethical and best practices recommended by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the program examines the specific and comprehensive use of learning principles, such as operant and respondent learning. It also places emphasis on prevention and early intervention.

Foundations of Behavior Analysis
Master of Education

BACB Approved Course Sequence
Prepare to Sit for BCBA Certification Exam

The online BACB approved master's degree program in Foundations in Behavior Analysis provides an in-depth examination into the core competencies of applied behavior analysis. The coursework addresses the provision of assessment and intervention services to individuals in both educational and clinical settings. The program focuses on the core competencies of applied behavior analysis as published by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, including behavioral assessment, functional behavior assessment/analysis, intervention for academic & behavior problems, data-based decision making & single-case design research methodology, and ethical standards for practice.

Liberty University Online

Autism Education
Graduate Certificate

Just 3 Courses
Ideal for Professionals and Parents

The Certificate of Autism Education provides training in current special education trends. This program will explore the characteristics of and interventions for students with autism, including the social, educational, and behavioral strategies available to improve their learning environment.

Grand Canyon University Online

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Master of Arts

Ideal for Special Education Teachers, Behavior Analysts, Behavior Interventionists, and ASD Specialists

With the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders continuing to rise, it is imperative to adopt a deepened knowledge of neurological development and applied behavior analysis. The Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), offered by Grand Canyon University's College of Education, provides an intense analysis of brain-based learning and skill improvement. Through a combination of application, theory and research, licensed special educators prepare to meet the demands of teaching and master techniques that improve ASD student outcomes.

In this special education degree program, emphasis is placed on life skills that help students with ASD transition to independent living. Review methods to enhance and assess social, cognitive and behavioral skills using proven and innovative approaches. Throughout your master’s program, you apply your learning during field and internship experiences, and focus on curriculum and plan development, applied techniques and student progression. In a culminating capstone course, demonstrate your overall competency by creating a portfolio presenting the framework for enacting the role of an ASD specialist.

In the autism spectrum disorders degree program, you increase your understanding of the disorder and appropriate accommodations through theory and applied research. Study educational research, policy and ethics, leadership and collaboration, assistive technology, communication and life skills development to enrich your teaching practices in ASD-specific learning environments.

Northcentral University Online

Special Education
Master of Education

NCU’s master’s degree in Special Education specialization provides you with a leading-edge understanding of the characteristics and needs of individuals qualifying for services under the major areas of exceptionality of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA/IDEIA). Under the guidance of your mentoring professors, you will focus on research results, new assessment models and current perspectives on today’s children, families, schools and communities. The history of the special education movement, the provisions of IDEA/IDEIA, inclusion, transition, classroom modifications and instructional strategies are also analyzed. You will also explore how various disabilities may affect individuals and their families, factors that place students at risk, cultural and linguistic diversity and giftedness.

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.
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.

Why Applied Behavior Analysis Is the Premium Intervention for Autism

BACB Accepted
Degrees & Coursework
for BCBA Candidates

Aside from Applied Behavior Analysis degree holders, candidates with other degrees are also eligible for certification.

Currently, the following degrees are deemed acceptable by the BACB for BCBA candidates who wish to pursue certification.

  • Behavior Analysis
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Degree program that includes BACB approved course sequence

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 must also complete 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
BACB Accepted
Degrees & Coursework
for BCaBA Candidates

The BCaBA certification requires an acceptable degree, acceptable coursework, acceptable practical experience, and passing the BCaBA examination.

Degree
Applicants must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a qualifying accredited institution. The bachelor’s degree may be in any discipline.

Coursework
Coursework must come from a qualifying accredited institution and cover the required content outlined in the BACB’s Fourth Edition Task List and Course Content Allocation documents. Only courses where the applicant was formally enrolled and earned a passing grade (“C” or better for graded courses) are acceptable.

Coursework may come from an Approved Course Sequence (ACS), although other coursework may also be acceptable.

ACS Coursework: The BACB works with institutions to identify and approve sequences of classes that meet the BACB’s coursework requirements. When applicants present a transcript with a passing grade, students do not need to submit the course syllabi with their applications for examination.

Other Coursework: Coursework that is not from an approved course sequence must be reviewed in order to determine whether it covered the required content for the minimum amount of instructional hours. The BACB will only make determinations about the acceptability of non-approved coursework as either (a) part of a formal application for examination or (b) an independent application for coursework evaluation.

A combination of ACS and other coursework may also be acceptable. Regardless of whether coursework is obtained from an ACS, every applicant must demonstrate that his or her coursework covered all of the required content for the minimum number of hours per category.

Experience
Applicants must complete experience that fully complies with all of the current Experience Standards. Applicants should carefully review the experience standards with their supervisor(s) before beginning their experience.

The BACB provides a registry of BCBAs willing to supervise the applied experience of those pursuing certification and the ongoing practice of BCaBAs.

Examination
Applicants must take and pass the BCaBA examination. Authorization to take the exam is only provided to applicants who have submitted a complete exam application to the BACB, including all documentation necessary to demonstrate that they have met all of the criteria above.