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ABA Therapist and Autism
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism Therapist

Applied behavior analysis professionals provide behavior modification and autism therapy services. They will have bachelor's or master's degrees in applied behavior analysis or related fields such as child development, occupational therapy, psychology, etc. In addition to licensing and other required credentials for their specific field, therapists should earn a certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). The BACB's certifications include Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Along with education, training, and experience, employers and clients will usually require the BCBA or BCaBA certifications.

The need for qualified ABA professionals remains strong. In a 2012 report, the CDC announced that Autism prevalence continues to grow with 1 in 88 children in the U.S. being diagnosed with Autism. Based on a "comparison of 2008 findings with those for earlier surveillance years indicated an increase in estimated ASD prevalence of 23% when the 2008 data were compared with the data for 2006." It is now the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the country.

The current and foreseeable need for behavior analysis professionals is so strong that the BACB announced in early 2012 that it is development a new credential called the "Registered Behavior Technician" or "RBT". These will be qualified front-line staffers who assist BCBAs and BCaBAs. The BACB is currently in the process of developing this credential.

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Note on National and State Certifications:
BACB accredited programs prepare professionals for the nationally and internationally recognized BCBA or BCaBA certifications. Every State recognizes these certifications for ABA professionals. Candidates for these certifications MUST complete BACB approved coursework and field experience to sit for certifications exams.
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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
BCBA Respecialization
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.

Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Science

BACB Approved
Behavior Analysis Graduate Coursework
Includes Supervised Field Experience Options

Ideal For Autism, Behavior, & Education Professionals

The BACB approved M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis will develop and graduate professionals who can support individuals and organizations as well as select, implement and manage effective systems to improve outcomes across a variety of settings. The program provides students with a solid understanding of the Science and Philosophy of Behavior Analysis as the foundation that informs Applied Behavior Analysis, the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Service Delivery domains to produce graduates who rely on the science of behavior to contribute to the betterment of society.

The objective of the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program is to provide students with a solid foundation in applied behavior analysis. Students are trained to understand the principles of Behavior Analysis and learn how they underlie applied practice. Students learn to implement ABA procedures correctly and ethically, and gain the skills to move forward to the next steps in their professional progression including eligibility for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.

Students enrolled in the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program take courses covering the content areas and practicum requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification and also receive a solid foundation in the philosophy, science, and application of behavior analysis. The aim is to prepare students to sit for the BCBA exam and for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

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Liberty University

Known for its affordability and exceptional student support, LU Online is consistently ranked among the top 10 online universities by the Online Education Database, for its high retention and graduation rates.

Autism Education
Graduate Certificate

Just 3 Courses
Ideal for Professionals and Parents

The Certificate in Autism Education is ideal for the educator looking to develop and implement creative teaching strategies for autistic students. This program is perfect not only for classroom teachers, but also guidance counselors, administrators, and parents who wish to improve the learning environments of their children.

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.

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Applied Behavior Analysis
A Growing Treatment of Choice

Over the past 60 years, applied behavior analysis has become recognized as the treatment of choice for behavior problems associated with mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, and other disorders. Many people also recognize that applied behavior analysis is capable of producing remarkable results in classroom learning. Behavior Analysis is also recognized as "best practices" in the field of autism, behavioral health, addiction, and corrections.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
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Behavior & Education Professionals
Online BCBA
Post-Graduate Certificate
Master of Science

Ideal for Autism, Behavior, and Education Professionals

Applied Behavior Analysis



BACB Approved
Includes Local Practicum Option
Prepare for BCBA Certification

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  • All Coursework 100% Online
  • Ideal for Autism, Behavior, and Education Professionals
  • Option to Fulfill Fieldwork Requirement with Fewer Hours
  • BACB Approved Program
  • Learn from the Nation's Oldest and Largest Graduate School for Psychology
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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)
    BACB Accepted
    Degrees & Coursework
    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.

    BCBA Candidates: If you hold a BACB approved master's degree in applied behavior analysis, your degree fulfills the graduate coursework requirement toward BCBA certification eligibility. If you hold a master's degree in a BACB approved related field, you will need to complete BACB approved graduate level ABA coursework.

    BCaBA Candidates: If you hold a BACB approved bachelor's degree in applied behavior analysis, your degree fulfills the coursework requirement toward BCaBA certification eligibility. However, you intend to advance to BCBA certification, you must earn (1) a BACB approved ABA master's degree or (2) a degree in an approved related field plus BACB approved graduate level ABA coursework.


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