Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Minor/Undergraduate Certificate

An interactive, discussion-based, online program that trains practitioners extensively in Applied Behavior Analysis, with a focus on treating autism. Students complete this program in three total semesters, beginning in the fall semester as a cohort model. Coursework will be completed in the following format, fall, winter and the following fall. Our program emphasizes the importance of intensive learning while in the program as well as the need for collaborative lifelong learning. It is recommended that students apply the January before their sophomore or junior year.

The minor provides solid preparation in social behaviors. The minor will prepare students for professional roles in human service, clinic, or school settings. Further it supports the development for graduates to be competitive in graduate studies.

Important dates

  • Application Deadline Extended- applications will be accepted based on rolling admission until the program is at capacity

  • Students interested in adding the minor/undergraduate certificate please contact the below academic services officer

Admission procedures

Students currently in undergraduate majors at Wayne State University can add the minor any time by going to: https://go.wayne.edu/apply-coeug.

Post-bachelor students seeking the undergraduate certificate should be admitted to Wayne State University or in post-bachelor status: https://wayne.edu/apply.

This program also requires a secondary application which is due by January 15 before students begin their fall cohort.  This application requires a statement of purpose essay, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. The information is used comprehensively to evaluate a student's potential candidacy for the program.

Questions about adding the minor or how to apply contact, Kurt Troutman (contact information below).

Program overview

In 2016 Michigan legislation mandated Medicaid payers to cover therapeutic services for autistic persons by BCaBA credentialed treatment providers and the State of Michigan announced licensure for BCaBA certified individuals. This enables those who successfully earn a BCaBA to oversee cases in ABA with the supervision of a BCBA.

This is a three-semester elective sequence with associated field experience that trains practitioners extensively in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on treating Autism. The sequence begins in the fall semester and runs for three semesters (not including spring summer) finishing at the end of the fall semester the following year. It is an interactive, synchronous online learning environment with hands-on activities to help students take their learning experiences into the workplace.

Promoting a more seamless crossover between classroom and field placement activities. The training program is a cohort model which includes a combination of supported and independent learning through lecture-based and practiced-based hands-on learning. Cohort-mates work collaboratively throughout their training. The cohort training model instills a sense of professional community not only during the program, but as students move into the field as practitioners.

Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to meet the minimum undergraduate 2.5 GPA requirement. Following a successful interview with the program coordinator, students must pass a background check prior to final admission to the program.

Course requirements

Starting Fall 2022 undergraduate students can use the BCaBA certificate program as an approved minor in ABA. Students who wish to complete the program following graduation can enroll in the BCaBA certificate program. Both the minor and the certificate program will follow the same application process as outlined above.

Curriculum

Semester 1 starts in the fall then the program concludes at the end of the fall of the following year. The following table reflects the schedule. There will be no flexibility. Our cohorts start, stay, and finish together each year.

Fall semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDP 3101 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 4
EDP 3104 Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis I 2

Winter semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDP 3102 Techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis 4
EDP 3105 Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis II 2

Fall semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDP 3103 Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment and Treatment 4
EDP 3106 Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis III 2

Cohorts

This training program is a cohort model which includes a combination of supported and independent learning through lecture-based and practiced-based hands-on learning. Cohort-mates work collaboratively throughout their training. The cohort training model instills a sense of professional community not only during the program, but as students move into the field as practitioners. Our program emphasizes the importance of intensive learning while in the program as well as the need for collaborative lifelong learning.

Student pass rates for the BCaBA exam

Approved Program

ABAI, VCS Approved LogoThe 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.

Contact

Krista Clancy, Ph.D., LLP, BCBA
BCBA and BCaBA Program director
734-564-1849
kclancy@wayne.edu

Lei-Juan Stewart-Walker
Program secretary
313-577-1613
ab2628@wayne.edu

Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations
Phone: 313-577-1613

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) - Admissions Only

Kurt Troutman
Academic services officer III
313-577-1601
fz4394@wayne.edu
Schedule an appointment

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