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 12-credit, three-course sequence is designed for people who have completed an accredited bachelor’s degree. Completion of the three course sequence and completion of 1000 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in behavior analysis makes 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 15-credit, four-course sequence is designed for people who have completed an accredited graduate degree. Completion of the four course sequence and completion of 1500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in behavior analysis makes 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 was 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

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

              a. Ethical considerations -15 hours

              b. Definition & characteristics and Principles, processess & concepts - 45 hours

              c. Behavioral assessment and Selecting intervention outcomes & strategies - 35 hours

              d. Experimental evaluation of interventions - 20 hours

              e. Measurement of behavior and Displaying & interpreting behavioral data - 20 hours

              f. Behavioral change procedures and Systems support - 45 hours

              g. Discretionary - 45 hours 

Acceptable Coursework: 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 www.wcsu.edu/graduate/aba-application.asp.

Copies of transcripts need to be forwarded to the Division of Graduate Studies. 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 631 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) I 4 SH
EPY 632 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) II 4 SH
EPY 633 Applied Behavior Analysis III 4 SH
EPY 634 Applied Behavior Analysis IV 3 SH

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

Course Descriptions

EPY 631

 EPY 631 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) I - 4 Semester Hours. This course explores the history of applied behavioral analysis, ethical considerations, definitions and characteristics, principles, processes, and concepts of ABA. This course is a prerequisite for the three subsequent courses offered in the ABA sequence. Students will learn behavioral assessment, and selecting intervention outcomes and strategies. The course covers single subject designs, procedures for measuring behavior as well as the graphic display of data and data interpretation.

EPY 632

 EPY 632 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) II - 4 Semester Hours. This course is a prerequisite for the two subsequent courses offered in the ABA sequence. This course covers the principles of positive and negative reinforcement and punishment, the antecedent variables of stimulus control and motiviating variables, and exploration of ways to develop new behavior using imitation, modeling, shaping, and chaining. An examination

EPY 633

 EPY 633 Applied Behavior Analysis III - 4 Semester Hours. This course covers principles, processess, concepts, behavior change procedures, behavioral assessment and ethics with the topics: extinction, differential reinforcement, antecedent interventions, functional behavior assessment, verbal behavior, contingency contracting, token economy, group contingencies, self-management, generalization, maintenance of behavior change and ethical considerations for Applied Behavior Analysts. Prerequisite EPY 632

EPY 634

 EPY 634 Applied Behavior Analysis IV - 3 Semester Hours. This course will cover advanced topics in behavior analysis. It will discuss current research in applied behavior analysis. Topics will change to reflect current laws, emerging areas of behavioral analysis, measurement, school applications, teaching methodology, interventions and ethics. A mock BCBA certification exam will be provided. Prerequisite EPY 633.


 

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