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Behavior Analysis Program


Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis — Program Overview

If you already have a Master's degree in psychology, social work, nursing or education and want to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); or if you have a Bachelor's degree in the same disciplines and want to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA), you can earn an Behavior Analysis graduate certificate in as few as 15 months. 

The graduate certificate qualifies you to sit for the national BCBA examination, just as a full Master's Degree would. The program requires 18 hours of coursework and 15 credit hours of practicum experiences.

As we do in our full Master's program, we partner with regional organizations like the Pier Center for Autism to provide you with practicum experiences working with individuals on the autism spectrum, people with other challenging behaviors, and their families.


Core Courses

PSYC 500 - Behavior Principles
PSYC 510 - Applied Behavior Analysis
PSYC 520 - Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis
PSYC 590 - Graduate Practicum
PSYC 600 - Single-Case Design
PSYC 610 - Functional Behavior Assessment
PSYC 620 - Behavior Intervention & Planning

Additional Program Requirements

Before enrolling, students must prove completion of at least the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and GPA for the most recent 60 credit hours of undergraduate work must be at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. For more information, see the M.S. in Behavior Analysis admissions checklist.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Iowa Association of Behavior Analysts

Association for Behavior Analysis International

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Pier Center for Autism