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Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification

What will I study?

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst course work focuses on the application of applied behavior analysis to help children and adults become more independent in home, school, and community settings. You will learn how to conduct assessments, design instructional programs to increase skills, and to address challenging behaviors.  The practicum offers the opportunity to gain supervised experience under the mentorship of a  Board Certified Behavior Analyst and takes place across four semesters.

What kinds of work will I be able to do?

Board Certified Behavior Analysts can work in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, and other locations in the community.  Although behavior analysts can work with a variety of populations, most work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities.  You will likely design and oversee treatment plans, consult with parents and teachers, and direct support staff to help them implement instructional programs and respond more effectively to challenging behaviors. 


What kinds of research will I be able to do?

You may have opportunities to assist program faculty who specialize in applied behavior analysis with intervention research projects.   


Typical Course Work

Our six graduate-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst courses have been verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to meet their current requirements for preparing Board Certified Behavior Analysts.   

In our courses, you will learn about the characteristics of individuals with autism, how to design effective instruction for individuals with severe disabilities, how to use the basic principles of applied behavior analysis to change behavior; how to conduct individualized assessment and intervention of challenging behavior; how to read and analyze single-case intervention research, and considerations for ethical and professional practice in applied behavior analysis. 


What is the application process like?

Becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst requires a qualifying master’s degree in education, psychology, or behavior analysis.  If you already have a qualifying master’s degree, you can apply to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst course work and practicum as a non-degree seeking student.

If you don’t already have a qualifying master’s degree, you can apply to one of our master’s degrees in Special Education and concurrently take the BCBA® courses.