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Online Courses in Applied Behavior Analysis

Verified Course Sequence for the BCBA Credential

The special education program at Ohio State offers an Association for Behavior Analysis International verified course sequence as part of the requirements for a master's degree in special education, ABA specialization.

Students who have a master's degree in education or psychology may also enroll in any of these courses as a graduate non-degree student. Any of the verified course sequence also may be taken as electives.

What is a Behavior Analyst?

Behavior analysts assess environmental influences on behavior, develop individualized intervention plans, implement assessment-based interventions, and use data to make instructional decisions.

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They use applied behavior analysis (ABA) to employ evidence-based principles that improve learning for individuals in several ways, including:

  • social
  • academic
  • daily living
  • vocational outcomes
  • quality of life

Although applied behavior analysis is best known for its effectiveness to treat people with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities, certified behavior analysts are also needed in multiple settings such as:

  • school districts
  • hospitals
  • home- and center-based private practices and organizations

The annual demand for certified behavior analysts has increased by 80 percent from 2018 to 2019 and continues to rapidly increase, according to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

How to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

To become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), individuals must complete:

  • 21-credit hour course sequence
  • field experience requirements under the supervision of a BCBA
  • a master’s degree in education or psychology
  • the BCBA exam

Learn more about the credential

Required Courses – 21 hours

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination.

ESSPED 8200: Basic Behavior Analysis
ESSPED 8861: Single Case Design
ESSPED 8400: Behavioral Interventions in Special Education

ESSPED 8300: Behavioral Assessment
ESSPED 8832: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

ESSPED 8921: Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
ESSPED 8500: Personnel Management and Supervision

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