Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Study Certificate

Janet Burke, Program Coordinator  Phone: (203) 837-8508
burkej@wcsu.edu

WCSU offers a graduate certificate approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®), to prepare students for the national certification examinations sponsored by the BACB. All four courses are offered online and can be completed in one year to earn the certificate.

 Two Online Behavior Analysis Certificates

 Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Certificate

This 16-credit, four-course sequence is designed for people who have completed an accredited bachelor’s degree. Completion of the four-course sequence and completion of 1,000 hours of supervised independent fieldwork in behavior analysis make the student eligible to take the BCaBA certification examination sponsored by the BACB®. Visit http://bacb.com for more information.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certificate

This 19-credit, five-course sequence is designed for people who have completed an accredited graduate degree. Completion of the five-course sequence and completion of 1,500 hours of supervised independent fieldwork in behavior analysis make the student eligible to take the BCBA certification examination sponsored by the BACB®. Visit http://bacb.com for more information.

From the BACB.com website

Eligibility to sit for the BCBA certification examination requires the completion of Sections A and B below and compliance with all other rules and requirements of the BACB.

A. Degree Requirement:

Possession of a minimum of a bachelor’s and master’s degree that were conferred in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, human services, engineering, medicine, or a field related to behavior analysis and approved by the BACB from any of the following:

1. United States or Canadian institution of higher education fully or provsionally accredited by a regional, state, provincial, or national accrediting body or

2. an institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada that, at the time the applicant was enrolled and at the time the applicant graduated, maintained a standard of training equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States.

B. Training and Experience Requirements

Course work: The applicant must complete 225 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction (see Acceptable Course work below) in the following content areas and for the numer of hours specified:

  •  Ethical considerations-15 hours
  •  Definition and characteristics and principles, processess and concepts-45 hours
  •  Behavioral assessment and selecting intervention outcomes and strategies-35 hours
  •  Experimental evaluation of interventions-20 hours
  •  Measurement of behavior and displaying and interpreting behavioral data-20 hours
  •  Behavioral change procedures and systems support-45 hours
  •  Discretionary-45 hours

 Acceptable Course work: College or university courses in behavior analysis that are taken from an institution that meets the requirements specified in Section A.

Students are required to visit http://bacb.com to fully understand the requirements to sit for the examinations  and become certified.

Registration/Application

 To apply to the program, complete the online application at www.wcsu.edu/graduate/aba-application.asp.

Copies of transcripts need to be forwarded to the Division of Graduate Studies by Fax: (203) 837-8326 or mail: WCSU, 181 White Street, Danbury CT 06810 (Attention: Division of Graduate Studies).  Transcripts are required for registration.

Courses

EPY 641 Applied Behavior Analysis I 4 SH
EPY 642 Applied Behavior Analysis II 4 SH
EPY 643 Applied Behavior Analysis III 4 SH
EPY 644  Applied Behavior Analysis IV  4 SH 
EPY 645  Applied Behavior Analysis V  3 SH 

Courses can only be taken one at a time and in this sequence.

 

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