Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)
This is an interactive, discussion-based, hybrid program that trains practitioners extensively in Applied Behavior Analysis, with a focus on treating autism. Students complete this program in three consecutive semesters, beginning in the spring/summer semester as a cohort model. The Association for Behavior Analysis international has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst® examination for the 5th Edition task list. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Students qualify to sit for the BCaBA exam following completion of their undergraduate degree (including this program) and their field experience hours, which are completed simultaneously within the program. Field placement assistance is provided, and field work is integrated throughout the coursework. Wayne State University offers a challenging but supportive environment, preparing students to provide excellent care in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Announcement: The application deadline has been extended beyond March 1 for 2021 to begin the program in the spring/summer semester
To learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis the website for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board provides additional resources.
Program Brochure and Application
The undergraduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis has a separate program application that must be completed along with the application to the Wayne State University. The program brochure outlines in detail the program requirements, course work and field experience requirements.
Applicants are expected to meet the minimum undergraduate 2.5 GPA requirement outlined by WSU Undergraduate Admissions.
Students must complete six required courses over three consecutive semesters, as well as complete the required clinical hours. Students are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher across these six courses/field experiences, with no more than one grade of C+ or lower. Students who earn a second C will not be permitted to continue in the program. Grades of B- and lower, or patterns of grades only in the B range, are of concern, and intervention may be warranted. Grades reflect content mastery and will likely affect how well students perform on the national exam.
|EDP 3101 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis||4|
|EDP 3104 Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis I||2|
Fall semester II
|EDP 3102 Techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis||4|
|EDP 3105 Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis II||2|
Winter semester III
|EDP 3103 Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment and Treatment||4|
|EDP 3106 Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis III||2|
Each cohort takes the three successive semesters of courses and field experiences in sequence, as outlined. Cohorts begin in the spring/summer semester (May) and will take the three semesters in sequence: spring/summer, fall and winter. Students must be aware they are committing to this going into the program.
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.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
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