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Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

The Department of Psychology at UNA is excited to offer a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB) has approved our course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Examination®. Applicants have to meet additional requirements to fully qualify for certification. These requirements are outlined on the BACB website.

About the Certificate Program

The goal of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate program is to introduce students to the field of behavior analysis, and to provide training to individuals interested in designing, delivering, and evaluating behavioral interventions. The 12-credit certificate program provides high-quality training in the field of ABA. The coursework, along with appropriate practicum experience, will prepare individuals to sit for the BCaBA Examination ®.

The Certificate Program provides students with an academic and professional background in ABA. Students are prepared for employment in a variety of community and private agencies/settings. In addition, persons with behavior analytic training work as behavior support specialists in educational settings or in intensive behavior therapy programs for children with autism. The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis will be particularly attractive to students in Psychology and Education Programs of study, or it may be completed on a stand-alone basis.

According to the BACB, an individual gaining Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst level certification (BCaBA) typically:

"Conducts descriptive behavioral assessments and is able to interpret the results and design ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions for clients. The BCaBA designs and oversees interventions in familiar cases (e.g., similar to those encountered during their training) that are consistent with the dimensions of applied behavior analysis. The BCaBA obtains technical direction from a BCBA for unfamiliar situations. The BCaBA is able to teach others to carry out interventions and supervise behavioral technicians once the BCaBA has demonstrated competency with the procedures involved under the direct supervision of a BCBA. The BCaBA may assist a BCBA with the design and delivery of introductory-level instruction in behavior analysis. It is mandatory that each BCaBA practice under the supervision of a BCBA. Governmental entities, third-party insurance plans and others utilizing BCaBAs must require this supervision." (http://bacb.com/bcaba/). 

Please note that earning the ABA Certificate at UNA does not indicate that a student is certified in the field of behavior analysis and does not guarantee a passing grade on the BCaBA exam. At this time, practicum experience is not offered; however, we can assist students in identifying potential locations to earn the necessary supervised fieldwork in order to be eligible to sit for the BCaBA exam.