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Verified course sequence behavior analyst certification board

Earn your Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification FULLY ONLINE with California State University San Marcos.

Demand for credentialed behavior analysts has increased significantly in the last several years as these certificates become industry-standard and a requirement in an increasing number of states.

Program Highlights

  • Fully online
  • Cohort format provides peer support and individualized attention from professors
  • Can be completed in as little as 12-18 months
  • Prepares students to provide services to individuals, families, group homes and schools
  • Coursework is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting coursework eligibility requirements for certification under the BACB’s 4th Edition Task List 

Career Opportunities

  • Demand for credentialed behavior analysts is increasing, with the largest demand being for the BCBA credential.
  • California has the majority of job opportunities along with Massachusetts and New Jersey.
  • There are currently 24 states that have passed laws to regulate behavior analysts through licensure or certification (19 of those since 2012).
  • While demand for the BCBA and BCBA-D credentials are increasing overall, the relative growth of the BCBA credential as a requirement for a job, rather than a preference, is increasing more quickly.

The BCBA and BCaBA programs consist of 11 week courses with 2 week breaks in between courses.

Next cohort begins January 2, 2018.

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BCaBA Course Sequence

ABA 601 – Foundations and Concepts in Behavior Analysis (3 units)
ABA 602 – Behavior Analysis Processes For Behavior Change (3 units)
ABA 603 – Applied Behavior Analysis Applications for Complex Procedures and Promoting Behavior Change (3 units)
ABA 604 –Classroom Management, Instructional Methods, and Ethical Considerations in Behavior Analysis (3 units)

Courses must be taken in sequential order. Length of program is approximately 12 months.

BCBA Course Sequence:

ABA 601 – Foundations and Concepts in Behavior Analysis (3 units)
ABA 602 – Behavior Analysis Processes For Behavior Change (3 units)
ABA 603 – Applied Behavior Analysis Applications for Complex Procedures and Promoting Behavior Change (3 units)
ABA 604 –Classroom Management, Instructional Methods, and Ethical Considerations in Behavior Analysis (3 units)
ABA 605 – Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 units)
ABA 606 – Ethics and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis (3 units)

Courses must be taken in sequential order. Length of program is approximately 18 months.

Course Matrix

More information regarding certification at: www.bacb.com 

 

Cohort 5

ABA 601 1/3/2017 3/18/2017
ABA 602 4/4/2017 6/17/2017
ABA 603 7/3/2017 9/17/2017
ABA 604 10/3/2017 12/16/2017
ABA 605 1/2/2018 3/17/2018
ABA 606 4/3/2018 6/16/2018

Cohort 6

ABA 601 7/3/2017         9/17/2017         
ABA 602 10/3/2017 12/16/2017
ABA 603 1/2/2018 3/17/2018
ABA 604 4/3/2018 6/16/2018
ABA 605 7/3/2018 9/15/2018
ABA 606 10/2/2018 12/15/2018

Expectations of an online program

Learning through online courses is different than taking traditional courses. Most dramatically, it places more responsibility on the student to progress through assignments as described in the course schedule and stay in touch with peers and professors. Technology skills: These are the basic ones that you will need to participate in the online components of your classes. In addition to these, you will also learn more advanced skills through the different courses that you will take during your program. Basic typing proficiency in order to communicate with others (e.g. in online discussion forums, sharing of work online using a variety of text-based tools) and for submission of word processed, written assignments.

Use of email (using CSUSM email account) to communicate with other students, faculty and staff. You should be able to send and receive email attachments. Using the Internet to access online course materials and CSUSM online resources.