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Become a BCBA ...

The College of Education proudly hosts the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate Program approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and accepted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®).

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 ABA Certificate Program to prepare behavior experts who provide the needed assistance in our region. 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 implementation of 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 certified 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 (BCaBA) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) others who implement behavior analytic interventions

To become a BCBA®, a candidate must meet the following requirements (starting January 1, 2022):

  1. Have a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited institution
  2. Completed and pass course work outlined by the Fifth Edition Task List
  3. Complete practical fieldwork in applied behavior analysis following all requirements established by the BACB
  4. Pass the BCBA Exam

UMSL's ABA Certificate Program is a two-year, 33-credit program that provides students the eligibility for requirements 2 and 3 of the above list. Courses in the ABA Certificate Program are taught by Ph.D. and Master's level BCBAs with extensive clinical and practical experience.

Graduate Certificate

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Susan Johnson

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

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Course Sequence:
  • Basic Principles and Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Assessment in Behavior Analysis
  • Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Verbal Behavior Concepts and Applications
  • Advanced Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior-Based Consultation and Supervision
Practicum Courses:

Practicum (Spring 1 through Summer 2)

Application Deadline:

While there are an application deadline, the sooner you apply for admission to the Graduate School and have your transcripts sent to UMSL, the more likely you will be admitted in time to register for courses with the best selection of days, times, and locations.

The deadlines for applying is July 1st for the Fall Semester.

We only admit students in the Fall semester.

Admission Criteria

Applicants for non-degree graduate study must have a Bachelor's degree in hand with 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. De Souza 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 Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebraska Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. Wayne Fisher. She completed he...