Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Course Sequence Options

This course sequence trains practitioners extensively in Applied Behavior Analysis, with a focus on treating Autism.  Recent Michigan legislation mandates insurance companies to cover therapeutic services for autistic persons by BCBA credentialed treatment providers.  To earn a BCBA credential, a master's degree in psychology or a related field is required, plus a specific sequence of 5 classes (18 credits) plus a practicum.  Our course sequence has received full approval by the Behavior Analytic Certification Board (BACB).  This BCBA certification course sequence can either be part of a master's program or a post master's set of courses that will meet the requirements for students to sit for the BCBA exam.  Students who successfully complete the courses are eligible to sit for the BCBA examination, which, upon passing, would lead to the BCBA credential.

Applicants must choose whether or not they are going to take:

a) the course sequence as a series of 18 credits earning a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (prior master's degree in psychology, education, or applied behavior analysis required) plus one of the practicum options, or

b) as part of a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Psychology, which involves the same 18 credit sequence, plus an additional 12 credits of coursework (Bachelor's degree required), plus one of the practicum options.

Both options lead to the BCBA credential, providing the BCBA exam is passed after completing the ABA/BCBA course sequence.  Regardless of whether route "a" or "b" is chosen, the ABA/BCBA five-course sequence is taken at the same time by all students admitted at the same time as a cohort.  Cohorts must take their classes in sequence together as outlined by the program—it is a block scheduled program with no variations permitted.  The course scheduling plan will vary by cohort.

Note: A new M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis is currently under review by university committees.  This change was necessitated by curricular alterations mandated for accreditation and credentialing.  If the new program is approved during this 2018-2019 academic year, it will replace the M.Ed. version of the ABA training starting with the Fall 2019 cohort.  This will increase the program from a total of 36 credits to a total of 40 credits (30 academic credits plus 10 practicum credits).  It will remain a 5 semester sequence, however, and the Graduate Certificate option will remain the same.

Student pass rates for the BCBA exam

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