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AUTISM AND APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS PROGRAMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT


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Capella University
Applied Behavior Analysis MS

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis Cert

Kaplan University
Applied Behavior Analysis BS
Applied Behavior Analysis MS

Saint Joseph's University
Behavior Analysis Certificate
Behavior Analysis MS


University of Cincinnati
Behavior Analysis Certificate
Behavior Analysis MEd

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Saint Joseph's University Online

The "America's Best Colleges" 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report has ranked Saint Joseph's University among the top 15 master's universities in the north and #8 in top regional universities in the north.

Certificate in Behavior Analysis
Post-Master's Certificate

BACB Approved
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.

Criminal Justice / Behavior Analysis
Master of Science

BACB Approved
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.

Kaplan University

Psychology /
Applied Behavioral Analysis
Master of Science

BACB Approved
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.

Psychology /
Applied Behavioral Analysis
Bachelor of Science

BACB Approved
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.

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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.

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.

Applied Behavior Analysis
Graduate 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 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.
  • 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:
Capella University

Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Science

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).

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

  • Education
  • Clinical, counseling, or school psychology
  • Clinical social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Engineering
  • Medicine

Candidates with degrees in other fields must contact BACB to request consideration for eligibility.


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