B.S. in Psychology | Minor in ABA FAQ
General FAQs for ABA Programs
An Applied Behavior Analyst is someone who has in-depth knowledge of the field and methods of the study of the science of behavior. Behavior analysis services help people learn new behaviors, increase or reduce existing behaviors, and teach individuals when to use specific behaviors in specific instances. The scope of these services ranges from addressing challenging behaviors of an individual person to changing the behavior of an entire organization or community.
Behavior analysts provide services to individuals, families, group homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospitals, industrial and business settings, and other agencies working with individuals who require intensive behavioral training and / or consultation. Training and consultation are performed in the areas of educational and adaptive living strategies, challenging behaviors, and staff management.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has outlined 3 levels of certification. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst has a master's degree or higher and can work as an independent practitioner but may also work as an employee or independent contractor for an organization. They assess behavior, evaluate the results, and develop and implement strategies for making behavior changes across a wide variety of settings. They have completed at least 15 credit hours of graduate level courses and have had extensive supervision in the application of ABA services. The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) typically has a bachelor's or a master's degree and works under the supervision of a BCBA. The BCaBA is able to provide services in assessing and modifying behaviors across a more limited scope of settings. The BCaBA has completed 9 credit hours in applied behavior analysis and has less supervised experience than the BCBA. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) is a relatively new designation that currently requires that the applicant have a doctoral degree in ABA, psychology, education, social work or a related field and qualified for their BCBA using their doctoral coursework. The BCBA, the BCaBA, and the BCBA-D all must pass the certification exam developed and administered by the BACB. For more specific and in-depth information about the certification process and specific skills of certified individuals, please see www.bacb.com.
No. Students are able to take the ABA concentrations alone without completing the degree programs in which they are housed. Note that a bachelor's degree in psychology, education, counseling or a related field is required for the BCaBA certification and a master's degree in one of these fields is required for the BCBA certification.
No. Completing the certificate program in ABA or Advanced ABA does NOT indicate certification in ABA. Certification can only be obtained by completing the necessary coursework and supervised experience as well as passing the certification exam. These certificate programs are designed to meet the academic coursework for the certification process, but are only 1 step in the process of becoming certified. For more information about behavior analysis certification, please refer to www.bacb.com.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has approved the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral course sequences as meeting the eligibility requirements for either the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (9 credit series) or the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (15 credit series).
A number of states have begun to pass licensing laws governing the credentialing and practice of behavior analysts within their states. At this time, the majority of the programs rely on the requirements for the national certification as outlined by the BACB. However, future licensing laws may have more extensive requirements. The courses in our programs are not designed to meet the requirements for any specific licenses in behavior analysis, but do meet the requirements for the national certification. Students are advised to investigate the rules and regulations in their state governing their practice.
Course participation online can be tracked by the instructor allowing the instructor to track not only the amount of time spent on the course site but also the amount of time spent on specific areas of the course site (e.g., the amount of time spent on a specific lecture). In addition, weekly chats contribute to the course participation segment of the grades in all the courses and allow student-instructor interaction through the presentation of lectures and questions and answer via voice and written chat. Finally, course assignments are designed to assure mastery of the materials outlined by the learning objectives and tasks from the BACB task list. Without mastery of the material from the course, students will be unable to pass the exams, quizzes, or demonstrate the proficiency required in the written assignments.
Upon registration, you will be given access to a course site in Blackboard. This site will contain your reading assignments, lecture materials and resources for each week. Each week you will also be required to participate in an online Elive or Live Classroom session with the class. At the beginning of class, your instructor will email you with directions on how to access Elive or Live Classroom. This technology allows the class to meet, talk to each other and the instructor, and participate in lectures and discussions. Online sessions typically occur in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Instructors will work with students to try to establish a meeting time that can accommodate everyone. For more information about the computer requirements and online environment, the reader is referred to information about the individual programs.
We do not limit the number of qualified students who can enroll in any of the programs. Class size, however, is limited.