BCBA Certification

Our Applied Behavior Analysis Masters at William James College is Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) verified. This means that our students can take the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Contingent upon passing the exam, graduates can also become a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA).  Many jobs, particularly supervisory roles, require the BCBA certification.  This is an important outcome to consider for any graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis.

From the Association for Behavior Analysis International

VCS ABAI LogoThe Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified that the course sequence meets the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Graduates of the MA in ABA program will not have to provide coursework documentation when applying to sit for the certification exam by verifying that they have completed this verified course sequence.

ABAI Course Content Allocation

The course sequence surpasses the minimum number of hours of instruction in several different areas that is required by the ABAI. As a result, our graduates will be well-prepared for the national exam for board certification and for professional work after certification.

BACB Content Area Required Minimum ABA Courses Total Coursework hours
PS501 PS502 PS503 PS504 PS505 PS506 PS507 PS508
Ethical and Professional Conduct 45       45         45
Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis 45 39             6 45
Measurement (including data analysis) 25 3 15 15           33
Experimental Design 20   30             30
Identification of the Problem & Assessment 30     30           30
Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change & Specific Behavior Change Procedures 45         30 15 15   60
Intervention & Behavior Change Considerations 10         5 5 5   15
Behavior Change Systems 10 3       5 5 5   18
Implementation, Management, & Supervision 10         5 5 5   15
Discretionary 30           15 15 39 69

Supervised Experience

In addition to completing this comprehensive course sequence, candidates for certification must also complete a minimum number of supervised fieldwork or practicum hours. The practicum and internship experiences of the MA in ABA program meets these requirements.

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