| Autism Spectrum Disorders
Certificates and Courses
| Saint Joseph's University Online
Saint Joseph's University is proud to be ranked among the top "Regional Universities in the North" and "Best Online Graduate Education Programs" by U.S. News & World Report.
Qualify Toward BCBA Certification
The BACB approved online post-master’s certificate in behavior analysis is a six-course program designed to serve those interested in advancing their careers in various behavior management services such as behavior specialists, mobile therapists, educational consultants, speech-language pathologists, school counselors, school workers, criminal justice professionals, and human services professionals. The curriculum allows students the flexibility to concentrate on the theoretical and methodological knowledge needed to focus on the management skills necessary to succeed as upper-level decision makers. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has approved the Saint Joseph's University coursework in behavior analysis as meeting the coursework requirement for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination.
Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Degree
For BCBA Certification Eligibility
Designed for Professionals
In Justice System, Community Services, & Education
BACB approved coursework in Behavior Analysis is offered as a concentration in the M.S. in Criminal Justice or as a Post Master's. The application of behavior analysis is very broad, serving those who provide a variety of behavior management services, including individuals trained as behavior specialists, mobile therapists, educational consultants, speech-language pathologists, school counselors, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and human services professionals. Behavior Analysis is recognized as a "best practice" in the field of autism, behavioral health, addiction, and corrections. Throughout this program students will develop the skills to transfer basic principles of behavior analysis into effective comprehensive functional behavioral assessments, behavioral interventions, and program evaluation. This program allows students the flexibility to concentrate on the theoretical and methodological knowledge needed to focus on the management skills necessary to succeed as upper-level decision makers.
Saint Joseph's University also offers:
| 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.
Brandman University also offers:
| 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:
| Liberty University Online
CTC Approved for
Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities
The Master’s of Education in Advanced Instruction is geared towards current K-12 teachers ready to develop communities of practice amongst fellow educators and acquire the advanced research and effective teaching methods needed to help transform the lives of all students. You will be challenged to address problems of practice in new and dynamic ways as you explore leadership opportunities in your own school and communities.
In addition to earning a Master’s of Education in Advanced Instruction degree in a core content area, candidates have the opportunity to earn an Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities. The credential program is designed to prepare you to develop or improve the specialized knowledge and skills needed to recognize and respond to the individual differences among students with special education needs.
| Grand Canyon University Online
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Master of Arts
Ideal for Special Education Teachers
GCU's Autism Spectrum Disorder MA Degree program provides licensed special education teachers a deep understanding of an educator's responsibility to special needs students. The 32-credit online College of Education degree features eight heavily targeted courses on special education services for ASD students. It offers an orientation into the theoretical foundations of ASD's and the implications of an ASD student's exceptional needs in a school environment.
Through evidence-based practices and professional learning dispositions, the program focuses intensively on learner growth. It explores assistive technologies that enhance communication with ASD students. As the scope of the curriculum expands, it provides an in-depth study of legal policy and advocacy for ASD students within an ethical framework of their rights and responsibilities.
The program dissects a growing body of knowledge on the application of brain research in classroom practice that impacts curricular, instructional and assessment decisions of teachers each day. From neuroscience to the behavioral and cognitive sciences, it examines the intricacies of the mind as it relates to teaching and learning.
| 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.
Video: Webinar on Applied Behavior Analysis
Kaplan University also offers:
| Capella University
Fulfill BCBA Certification Education Requirement
Ideal For Autism & Behavior Professionals
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).
Capella University also offers:
| Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
A Career Working with Autism
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. None of them will be effective unless they are properly educated, trained, and certified in proper assessment and treatments for Autism. States may have their own Autism endorsement or Autism certification programs, but an internationally
recognized and highly respected certification for Autism Specialists is from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). BACB's two most common certifications are Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). The discipline of behavior analysis is broad and varied, so BCBA candidates who want to specialize in Autism must have education and training that focus on Autism.
Disciplines that Work with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Demand for Autism Professionals
The demand for qualified Autism professionals is very strong , as diagnoses of ASD have increased significantly in recent years and there is still a lack of trained ASD-specific professionals. More
than 500,000 individuals under the age of 21 are
currently diagnosed with autism. According to the U.S.
Department of Education, autism is expected to have
a continued growth rate of 10 percent to 17 percent
annually. In its 2012 report, the Centers for Disease Control estimated
an increase from 1 in 110 to 1 in 88 children have an autism spectrum
disorder. Such dramatic numbers and a shortage of qualified autism specialists create a strong demand for trained professionals. In fact, according to the Florida Association of Behavior Analysts, there are 4 job openings for every BCBA.
Autism and Behavior Analysts
Certified Behavior Analysts who are trained specifically in Autism have many career options. They can work in many settings (homes, schools, hospitals, residential facilities, rehabilitation centers, and more). They can work with both children and adults. Despite the age of client, setting, and/or scope, the typical work of a Certified Behavior Analyst includes: 1) Interview and learn more about target behaviors of client(s); 2) Conduct direct and indirect assessments of behavior(s); 3) Propose strategies for behavior change based on assessment results and knowledge of effective treatment plans for similar issues;
4) Implement the intervention; 5) Collect data before and during the intervention;
6) Evaluate effectiveness of behavioral intervention; 7) Make modifications if necessary and plan for maintenance and generalization.
Autism and Teachers
Autism or ABA focused training and education has become increasingly important for teachers. With rising ASD diagnoses, it is highly likely that a teacher will encounter an autistic student in the classroom. To prepare for ASD students, teachers can pursue degree and certificate programs that specialize in Autism or Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Even if the coursework is in ABA without a focus on Autism, the teacher will have many of the tools needed to effectively assess and work with an Autistic student. In fact, applied behavior analysis has been the treatment of choice for autistic behavior for the past 30 years.
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.
Autism Certificate Program
Applied Behavior Analyst
BCBA Certification Preparation
All Coursework 100% Online
Be BCBA Eligible with Fewer Hours of Required Fieldwork
BACB Approved Program
Learn from the Nation's Oldest and Largest Graduate School for Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis Degrees
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 Accepted by BACB
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.