Behavior Analyst Graduate Certificate
The Behavior Analyst Certificate Program provides the specialized training needed for individuals interested in becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) through the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. The five course certificate program has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. as meeting coursework eligibility requirements for the Behavior Analysis Certification exam. Our carefully planned course sequence prepares individuals to work with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities through the understanding of behavioral analysis and other factors that often contribute to student success.
Most graduate students enrolled in a Fitchburg State Special Education teaching license program will be able to apply two courses to a master’s degree, while students in the non-licensure Special Education Guided Studies, Individualized Track could count up to five courses toward their degree.
One of the following must apply: (1) Submit proof of Master's Degree from a fully accredited institute of higher education; (2) Be matriculated in a Fitchburg State master's degree program, or (3) Concurrently submit a full application to a Fitchburg State master's degree program.
Students must be accepted prior to enrolling in any courses beyond SPED 8015.
Requirements and Curriculum
The following five courses must be completed by students wishing to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The first two courses must be taken in sequence (not concurrently) while the final three courses can be taken concurrently and in no specific order.
|SPED 8015 Fundamentals in Applied Behavioral Analysis||3 S.H.|
|SPED 8180 Behavior Assessment and Support OR||3 S.H.|
|SPED 8020 Behavior Analysis and Supports for Students with Severe Disabilities||3 S.H.|
|SPED 8174 Behavioral Analysis in Applied Settings||3 S.H.|
|SPED 8175 Ethical Issues and Collaboration||3 S.H.|
|SPED 8176 Integrating Behavior, Communication and Sensory Strategies to Meet the Needs of those with Disabilities||3 S.H.|
Total for Certificate
This sequence of courses has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) to meet the 225 hour coursework requirement for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination. In addition, students completing the Behavior Analyst Certification Program will need to make independent arrangements to complete 1500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork to complete all requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification exam.
Once an individual has completed the required coursework and supervised field work and has passed the national BACB examination, there are countless career opportunities available as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
BCBA in public school settings, or in private practice.
HOW TO APPLY
Contact Admissions Office: (978)665-3144, email@example.com
Attend our Distinguished Speaker Series
at a Glance
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.
Admissions Requirements (PDF)
Face-to-face courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.
While you can complete the program in as little as 1 year, you have 6 years to complete the program.
Suggested sequence of courses
BCBA in public or private school setting or private practice
The Fitchburg State BCBA program has a strong grounding in special education. Candidates may enroll concurrently in a MEd program in Special Education and can apply a minimum of two courses or as many as all five BCBA courses toward their graduate degree.
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