COE: Grad Cert: Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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Grad Cert: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Due to changes in the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) accreditation requirements, the UMSL BCBA Program cohort - that begins Fall 2019 and ends late Summer 2020 - will be the College of Education's last offering of the current BCBA Program course sequence: the "ABA Graduate Certificate Program." An entirely new UMSL BCBA program is in-development, that includes curriculum changes meeting newly-adopted, national certification requirements.

Become a BCBA ...

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

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Susan Johnson

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5930


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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.

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Andresa De Souza, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Andresa De Souza is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Special Education and the VCS Coordinator for the BCBA Certificate Program. She received a B.S. in Psychology from State University of Londrina in Brazil, an M.S. in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, and a Ph.D. in Applie...