Grad Cert: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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The College of Education proudly hosts the nationally accredited Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) program.

Due to great demand for part-time and full-time BCBAs, who are sought by schools and agencies throughout the U.S. and worldwide, our College presents the BCBA program to prepare behavior experts who provide the needed assistance in our state. If you are a professional who assists individuals who have behavioral concerns, or for school personnel who provide instruction and guidance directly to children in inclusive settings, this program supports your knowledge, understanding, and implementing research-driven strategies that improve the quality of life of children and families.

Applied Behavior Analysis is a well-developed discipline among the helping professions, with a mature body of scientific knowledge, established standards for evidence-based practice, distinct methods of service, recognized experience and educational requirements for practice, and identified sources of requisite education in universities (BACB, 2014).

BCBA therapists are practitioners with behavior intervention expertise who…

  • are licensed to conduct descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provide behavior analytic interpretations of results
  • design and supervise behavior analytic interventions
  • effectively develop and implement appropriate assessment and intervention methods for use in unfamiliar situations and for a range of cases
  • also may work as independent contractors for organizations
  • teach others to carry out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs
  • can deliver instruction in behavior analysis
  • supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts and others who implement behavior analytic interventions

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) - a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services - adheres to international standards that grant professional credentials. BACB certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation, per standards established by content experts in the field. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board's BCBA credentialing program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in Washington, DC.

Graduate Certificate

First Semester Enrollment:

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Education practitioners wanting to gain licensure through a nationally approved Board Certified Behavior Analyst Program can do so at the University of Missouri–St. Louis

Application Deadlines
While there are application deadlines, the sooner you apply for addmission to the Graduate School and have your transcripts sent to UMSL, the more likely you will be admitted in time to registyer for courses with the best selection of days, times, and locations.

The deadlines for applying are:
  • December 1st for the Spring Semester
  • May 1st for the Summer Semester (April 1st for the early session)
  • July 1st for the Fall Semester
Admission Criteria

Applicants for non-degree graduate study must have a Bachelor's degree in hand as undergraduate and graduate grade point averages (GPAs) of 2.75 or better. Please be aware that only 9 credits of non-degree graduate work can later be used in a degree program if you decide to apply for the graduate degree program. Consider the option for entering a graduate degree program before you register for further non-degree work.

Prerequisite Courses:

SPEC ED 6437Applied Behavior Analysis: Functional Assessment and Interventions3
SPEC ED 6610Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Research to Practice3
SPEC ED 6620Assessment and Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder3

Required Courses:

SPEC ED 6630Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6650Practicum I in Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6660Advanced Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6670Practicum II in Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6675Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6685Analysis of Verbal Behavior3
Total Hours18
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