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Behavior Analyst (online/hybrid)

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*The BCBA program has been approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.

Read the program chair's blog post to learn about your career opportunities and some advice for prospective students.

Certificate Overview

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 six course certificate program is designed to meet coursework eligibility requirements required 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 Concentration could count up to six courses toward their degree.

One of the following must apply: (1) Submit proof of master's degree in education, behavioral analysis or psychology 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 8013 and SPED 8028.

Requirements and Curriculum

Behavior Analyst Graduate Certificate
Two-Year Course Rotation

Attend a Graduate Continuing Education Information Session

Through the guidance of the knowledgeable teaching staff in the BCBA certificate program, I was able to not only further my understanding of ABA, but also apply it in everyday situations in the school where I work. The application of behavior analytic terms and procedures helped to build a strong understanding and practice of ABA, which I was able to take with me when sitting for the exam. The time and effort that the professors put into making sure that students in the BCBA program were prepared to not only pass the boards, but also to utilize the skills needed to be successful in the field, was important to me. It felt like they truly cared about us and viewed us as more than just students, but instead as future colleagues.
- Sarah Moore, M.Ed., BCBA

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • An official transcript of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or matriculation into a Fitchburg State master of education degree program
  • Professional Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words). The statement should describe your goals and reasons for applying to this program and should include information about previous coursework, training or work experience related to the program.
  • Graduate application and fee


Online delivery, with limited Saturday sessions for select classes designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration.

Total Credits

18 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as little as 1 year, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

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 six BCBA courses toward their graduate degree.

Career Opportunities

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.

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