Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate (BCBA)

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.  Please visit the Association for Behavior Analysis International for additional information on the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Verified Course Sequence.  For additional information on licensure requirements across the United States, please visit the U.S. Licensure of Behavior Analysts page.

Students pursuing BCBA certification must also have a graduate degree in psychology, education, or behavior analysis.

Through coursework firmly grounded in theory, with an emphasis on application of theory to socially significant and effective practice, the BCBA certificate program provides students with an excellent foundation to meet the proficiencies mandated by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  Students will be prepared to complete the required supervised field work and sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. Pass-rate data for University of Michigan-Dearborn candidates are not available at this time.  Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation. Pass-Rate Data is available at the BACB website.

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The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is an individual with graduate certification in behavior analysis.  BCBAs provide services within mental health, educational, and human services environments that may include collecting and analyzing data, conducting behavioral assessments, writing and evaluating behavior intervention plans, training others to implement components of treatment plans, and overseeing the implementation of treatment plans.  BCBAs also provide supervision to Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT).

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to the study of behavior.  Behavior analysts work directly with individuals to improve their social, educational, health, adaptive skills, and behavioral outcomes through the development of programming based upon the principles of ABA.  Behavior analysts are trained to describe behavior, explain and predict its occurrence and non-occurrence, and change behavior through the development of programming based upon ABA principles while examining the interrelationship between the occurrence of behavior and environmental events.

Verified course content hours by course

Content Areas and Courses BACB Compliance Code and Disciplinary Systems; Professionalism Philosophical Underpinnings Concepts and Principals Measurements, Data Display and Interpretation; Experimental Design Behavior Assessment Behavior-Change Procedures; Selecting and Implementing Interventions Personnel Supervision and Management
EDC 506     45        
EDC 507           45  
EDC 516       45      
EDC 580         45    
EDC 622   45          
EDC 623 45            
EDC 624           15 30

Certificate goals

After completion of the courses required for certification, students will:

  1. Describe and provide examples of the critical concepts and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA);
  2. Describe and apply research methodology and measurement strategies used in the implementation and management of ABA;
  3. Describe and apply the principles of ABA in relation to individuals with a variety of disabilities in a range of clinical, educational, pre-vocational/vocational, home, and community settings;
  4. Describe and apply behavioral assessment procedures, including identification of target behaviors, developing operational definitions, conducting functional behavior assessment/functional analysis;
  5. Accurately graph, visually analyze and interpret behavioral data, including functional analysis data;
  6. Describe ethical issues related to ABA service delivery with individuals with developmental disabilities and other mental health needs;
  7. Describe and apply principles of experimental design including single-subject research methodology; and
  8. Develop Behavior Intervention Plans based upon the results of a functional analysis.

Certificate completion

In order to receive your certificate, you need to complete a Certificate Completion Application.  The application should be submitted at the beginning of the term in which you expect to complete your certificate requirements.  Certificates are awarded three times a year and distributed by mail.  The Certificate Completion Application must be submitted on or before the last day of classes in order to be processed within the term in which it is submitted.  Students completing a certificate only are not allowed to participate in Commencement.

Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)

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