Applied Behavior Analysis

Coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis

Advance your career in behavior analysis by becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).

Overview

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is an approach that is based on principles of behavior that is used to address and improve socially significant behaviors, such as social skills, communication, reading, and academics as well as adaptive learning skills, such as fine motor dexterity, hygiene, grooming, domestic capabilities, punctuality, and job competence. ABA is effective for children and adults with psychological and/or developmental disorders in a variety of settings, including schools, workplaces, homes, and clinics. It has also been shown that consistent ABA can significantly improve behaviors and skills and decrease the need for special services. *

When It’s Used

ABA is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with autism. According to the Center for Autism, ABA helps the autistic client improve social interactions, learn new skills, and maintain positive behaviors. ABA also helps transfer skills and behavior from one situation to another, controlling situations where negative behaviors arise and minimizing negative behaviors. With autism, ABA is most successful when intensely applied for more than 30 hours a week and prior to the age of 4. ABA can also help aging adults cope with the losses that come with age, like memory, strength, and relationships. For young and old, ABA can help individuals manage some of the lifestyle challenges that accompany many mental and physical health conditions.

* Source: Psychology Today

BCBA Certification

The BCBA® certification is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis overseen by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). BCBA®s may supervise the work of BCaBA®s, RBT®s, and other professionals who implement behavior analysis services.

There are four requirements for becoming a BCBA®:

  1. A master’s degree in a BACB®-approved field from an accredited university
  2. Completion of a 315-hour BCBA® course sequence
  3. Completion of the required supervised fieldwork requirement
  4. Passing the BCBA® certification exam.

 

For more information on the BCBA certification requirements, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website at www.bacb.com.

This coursework for applied behavior analysis is designed for students who already hold a master’s degree and who want to advance their career by specializing further in behavior analysis. This course series meets the content requirements for the 5th Edition Task List BCBA® (Board Certified Behavior Analyst®) certification through the BACB® (Behavior Analyst Certification Board®).

Please note: The requirements to earn the certification are changing on January 1, 2022.  Please see the BACB®’s website to review the eligibility requirements based on applying for the examination before or after January 1, 2022.  There are two sets of coursework that prepare for certification: Fourth Edition Task List which is the current standard and is ending in December 2021, and Fifth Edition Task List which is effective on January 1, 2022.  Click the appropriate Task List below to see the list of courses within each.

Fourth Edition Task List

Fifth Edition Task List

Who should enroll?

  • Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Behavioral Interventionist
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors
  • Parents who have an interest in gaining more knowledge

Fourth Edition Task List Coursework**

There are six courses that meet the content requirements for the BCBA® Fourth Edition Task List that will continue to be offered to individuals who wish to pursue the Fourth Edition Task List BCBA® certification. Please click each to see a description.

Fifth Edition Task List Coursework **

This coursework for applied behavior analysis is designed for students who already hold a master’s degree and who want to advance their career by specializing further in behavior analysis. This course series meets the content requirements for the 5th Edition Task List BCBA® (Board Certified Behavior Analyst®) certification through the BACB® (Behavior Analyst Certification Board®).**

There are seven courses that meet the content requirements for the BCBA® Fifth Edition Task List. Please click each to see a description.

**Please note: Completion of these courses does not grant approval of an examination application. Each application is reviewed by the BACB and includes additional requirements, including educational and supervised fieldwork. Please see the BACB website for further information.