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Online Courses in Applied Behavior Analysis

Perfect for graduate students with a background in education, psychology, social work, administration, or any helping profession, the special education program offers a course sequence required for Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification. The seven-course sequence is delivered completely online.

Students may also enroll in any of these courses as electives or a cognate area in special education.

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.

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 a related field
  • the BCBA exam

Learn more about the credential

Required Courses – 21 hours

These seven graduate level courses meet the education requirements for the BCBA certification.

Summer 2020
ESSPED 8921: Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis

Autumn 2020
ESSPED 8200: Basic Behavior Analysis
ESSPED 8861: Single Case Design

Spring 2021
ESSPED 8300: Behavioral Assessment
ESSPED 8832: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

Summer 2021
ESSPED 8400: Behavioral Interventions in Special Education
ESSPED 8500: Personnel Management and Supervision

Questions? Contact Sheila Morgan


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Current student?

Register for ESSPED 8921
Course starts June 9, 2020