Undergraduate Certificate Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

This is 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 take two calendar years to complete (fall, winter, then the following fall). It is recommended that students apply the January before their sophomore or junior year.

Important dates

  • January 15: Annual deadline for applications to begin program in the fall semester

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.

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. Following a successful interview with the program coordinator, students must pass a background check prior to final admission to the program.

Course Requirements

Students must complete six required courses over three semesters, as well as complete the required field experience hours. Students are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher across these six courses, with no more than one grade of B- or 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.


Students currently enroll in the undergraduate BCaBA certificate program. This program currently qualifies as an approved minor for psychology majors. It may also qualify as a minor for all students in the future, minor application proposal has been submitted and is pending approval.

Course Schedule

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


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.



Krista Clancy, Ph.D., LLP, BCBA
BCBA and BCaBA Program director

Lei-Juan Stewart-Walker
Program secretary

Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations
Phone: 313-577-1613

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) - Admissions Only

Cassie Tackett
Academic services officer II

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