BCBA

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. This five-course sequence covers the Fourth Edition and is offered by the College of Applied Human Services, a partner of Brandman University. This is not professional certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and does not entitle candidates to claim they are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA's). Information about becoming certified through the BACB.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Read, understand and apply techniques and methods of applied behavior analysis.
  • Successful program graduates will be able to present data and information from applied behavior analysis procedures in graphic, textual, and oral formats.
  • Apply methods of behavior analysis in applied settings.
  • Articulate orally and in writing the principles of applied behavior analysis as they relate to the basic laws of learning common to multicultural environments.
  • Articulate orally and in writing the basic, overall practice guidelines and code of ethics in the field of applied behavior analysis.
  • Critically read the relevant research literature as well as use idiographic research methods to solve problems that are germane to the field of applied behavior analysis.
  • Understand the importance of the use of multiple data sources and points of view in the design, implementation, and evaluation of applied behavior analytic goals.
Requirements

Prior to qualifying to take the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam, candidates must do 1500 hours of Supervised Fieldwork, which is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

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EDNU 9060: Basic Principles and Characteristics of Behavior
This is the first course of six 45 hr. classes required for certification by the BACB as a BCBA.  

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the field of applied behavior analysis, preparing students for the application of behavioral principles in various settings, including home, residential facilities and with various clinical populations from developmental disabilities to emotionally and behaviorally disturbed individuals.  The course is based upon the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List.  

EDNU 9061: Behavioral Assessment, Implementation, Management, and Supervision
This is the second course of six 45 hr. classes required for certification by the BACB as a BCBA.

The course is based upon the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List.  Content Area and Task List numbers covered for each class day are indicated for each class in the syllabus. In conformance with the BACB® requirements posted in September, 2012, those who wish to provide supervision for those seeking certification or who wish to provide ongoing supervision for BCaBAs, will be required to complete an 8 hour post-certification training program based on the BACB’s® curriculum. 

In this course, students learn to assess and analyze behavior in ABC format, scatter plot, and interviews, and will discriminate between functional assessment and functional analysis. This course includes a review of the following supervisor training components, and issues in implementation of behavior intervention approaches in applied settings.

EDNU 9062: Experimental Evaluation, Intervention, and Behavior Change Considerations 
This is the third course of six 45 hr. classes required for certification by the BACB as a BCBA.  

In this course, students learn about and will be able to select appropriate experimental designs for the evaluation of interventions, including explaining the logic and benefits of single subject designs vs. group research design approaches. Students will also be able to identify the appropriate application of each design and method for controlling for extraneous variables that can influence the dependent variable. The course is based upon the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List.  Content Area and Task numbers covered for each lesson are indicated for each lesson in the syllabus. Students will also be able to identify when a given single subject design should be used and the benefits and potential limitations of each design.  Also, this course will focus on behavior consultation utilizing the Kratochwill and Bergan Model (1990), and the school consultation concepts of Erchul and Martens (2012).

EDNU 9063: Behavior Change Procedures and Systems Supports 
This is the fourth course of six 45 hr. classes required for certification by the BACB as a BCBA.

The course is based upon the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List.  Content Area and Task numbers covered for each class day are indicated for each class in the course outline. In this course, students will be able to identify the ultimate outcomes for the person or persons involved, identify sequential or concurrent intermediate outcomes, identify the behavior or behaviors targeted for change in observable and measurable terms, and establish positive interpersonal relationships using behavior change procedures.

EDNU 9064: Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis & Ethics 
This is the fifth course of six 45 hr. classes required for certification by the BACB as a BCBA.  

The course is based upon the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List.  Content Area and Task numbers covered for each lesson are indicated for each lesson in the syllabus. This course will focus on “Intensive Specialty Topics.”  Topics include the uses and implementation of these intensive topics as they are used in practical, applied situations with client populations, or with organizations/businesses for which the student may later consult or be employed.  Other specific areas in this course are the identification and methods of application include: Discrete trial methods for teaching skills; use of errorless learning methods and stimulus equivalence sets; Lovaas approach to teaching children with Autism; and the use of PECS vs. “Verbal Behavior” approaches.

EDNU 9065: Ethics and Professional Conduct
Ethics and Professional Conduct is an online self-directed course equivalent to 45 classroom hours. It is the 6th course in the sequence required for completing course requirements for certification as a BCBA in accordance with Task list 4, in addition to other requirements for certification.  

As a candidate moves through the program, competencies are presented and then tested. This course ensures a solid understanding of BACB’s Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts. Students will also develop skills and knowledge in the area of consultation using a behavioral, problem-solving model; and necessary components of supervision and management of behavior analysis services in accordance with the BACB’s Supervisor Training Curriculum will be learned.

EDNU 9069: BCBA 3rd to 4th Task Edition Bridging Course
This course is an add-on to both BCBA Course 2 and 3 (3rd Task Edition).

The purpose of this add-on course is to provide students who took the 3rd Task Edition courses 2 and 3 with the additional information provided in the 4th Task Edition BCBA Course 2 and 4th Task Edition Course 3. This add-on course ensures that your coursework qualifies under BACB requirements for the certification exam in 2015 and beyond.