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Certificate of Graduate Study in Behavior Analyst

Behavior Analysis is the application of the science of learning to the solution of problems of social significance. Behavior Analysts work in schools, homes, and community settings, and consult in the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions for a variety of learners across a variety of skills. Coursework will meet the requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.

The BCBA certificate is for you if you already have a master's degree in special education, psychology, behavior analysis, or education. Unsure? Request a degree assessment. If the degree requirements do not allow you to apply to take the BCBA exam with your current master's, you would be eligible to apply to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst credential does not currently have a degree restriction.

(If a you don't yet have a master's, you can complete the Board Certified Behavior Analyst course sequence plus other coursework to earn the Master's in Education in Special Education with specialization in Advanced Special Education Practices.)

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 such as Experience Standards to qualify. Please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. for more information.

Course number
Name Credit Hours

SESE 554

Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support in School and Community Settings

3

SESE 603

Functional Analysis and Behavioral Assessment

3

SESE 792

Single-Case Research Methodologies and Research-Based Practices in Special Education

3

SESE 709

Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis and Research-Based Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

3

SESE 710

Behavioral Applications and Consultation in School and Community Settings

3

SESE 711

Ethics and Professional Behavior for Behavior Analyst in School and Community Settings

3

Is the program accredited?

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved our course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.

What course work do I need to complete to obtain the NIU Certificate of Graduate Study in Behavior Analyst?

The course work is the same 6 courses as listed above with the addition of SESE 570

SESE 570, Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis, 3 hours

When is the Next Cohort?

The next cohort for the BCBA course sequence (and master's program) will begin in the Fall 2018. SESE 554 the first course in the sequence is scheduled to meet online with two face-to-face seminars at Waubonsee Community College. Thise wishing to take a second course may enroll in SESE 711; this course will meet online with a face-to-face seminar on a Saturday.

How do I apply?

Apply to be a student-at-large through the Graduate School and apply for the BCBA program through the SEED department.

Questions?

For information on becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. or contact Woody Johnson, Ed.D. BCBA-D at jwjohnson@niu.edu or 815-753-4267.


For advisement
Leslie Hecht

Academic Advisor
815-753-0381
lbhecht@niu.edu

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