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. 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, education, or Applied Behavior Analysis and must include a specific sequence of ABA classes, or those courses must be taken in addition to an eligible master's degree. Our five-semester training program at WSU consists of a sequence of 6 traditional classes (22 credits) plus 5 practicum classes (10 credits) for a total of 32 credits for the ABA sequence. 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 32 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 of Science (M.S.) degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, which involves the same 32 credit sequence, plus an additional 8 credits of coursework (Bachelor's degree required) for a total of 40 credits.
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 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 may vary by cohort.
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