This program delivers a flexible but rigorous fully online Verified Course Sequence approved by the BACB addressing all of the information required to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. This program is comprised of 21 units (seven-course sequence). This means that the certificate program can be completed in a period of 15 months, which includes three consecutive semesters and one summer session. Students with a BCBA can work in clinics, schools, or the home of children/adults with behavior problems. All coursework is offered fully online. This program does not lead to a Teacher Certification.
The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies. The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.
College of Education
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
This Certificate program is not eligible to receive federal financial aid; however, you may attempt to secure a private educational loan. Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) accepts and works with all private education loan providers. Students are encouraged to explore their options and find a lender and loan which best meets their needs.
Admission Term: Fall - July 15, Start Date: August
Admission Term: Spring - November 15, Start Date: January
Admission Term: Summer - April 1, Start Date: June
Admission Term: Fall - July 1, Start Date: August
Admission Term: Spring - November 1, Start Date: January
Admission Term: Summer - March 1, Start Date: June
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Program students must complete these seven 3-unit courses. You and your advisor will plan the order in which you take courses, any additional required or optional coursework, and the length of your program. The Verified Course Sequence in the BCBA Certificate Program address competencies in the following areas:
SERP 502 Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention, is the first course to be taken. It ensures that participants are knowledgeable about the basic behavioral principles and techniques of applied behavior analysis that are needed to complete accurate FBAs, and design effective function-based interventions and comprehensive Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs). Students complete the course by conducting an FBA and developing a function-based BIP. SERP 502 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction.
SERP 529a Advanced Positive Behavioral Support, provides advanced knowledge and skills in applied behavior analysis and the factors that affect the application of behavior principles within schools and other natural settings, including ethical issues, effective instruction, and factors in the classroom environment. Participants complete an FBA, develop and test a function-based intervention, monitor, and make data-based decisions based on the effectiveness of the plan. SERP 529a provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction.
SERP 529B Advanced Positive Behavioral Support, provides each student continued opportunity to apply and develop skills and knowledge of FBA, function-based interventions, legal and ethical issues, and collaboration within the context of their classroom, school, and district. Participants complete2 additional FBAs and develop, implement, and monitor the function-based interventions. SERP 529b provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction
SERP 552 Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis, increases knowledge and skills in working with persons with challenging behavior using the most advanced techniques. Participants learn to design and briefly implement an experiment in which one fixed and one variable schedule are compared, design and implement a stimulus discrimination procedure, define and use stimulus equivalence procedures, conduct a brief functional analysis, organize and interpret functional analysis data, and analyze case studies of a variety of procedures. SERP 552 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction
SERP 553 Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis, enables students to apply ethical and professional standards and concerns that are salient to the interactions between their work, the people they serve, and others involved in the process (e.g., other professionals, families, systems of care, and society). Participants analyze case studies to identify examples of ethical violations, identify resolutions of ethical violations, conduct a risk-benefit analysis, apply components of effective evidence-based supervision, and explain ethical guidelines (e.g., voluntary participation, informed consent, and confidentiality) for behavior analytic research. SERP 553 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction.
SERP 555 Applied Behavior Analysis: Personnel Supervision and Management, basic concepts essential in applying applied behavior analysis in personnel supervision and management of employees, parents, and other professionals. SERP 555 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction.
SERP 590 Single Subject Research, reviews principles and practices underlying various single-subject research designs. Participants learn the advantages and disadvantages of various designs and how to select a research design that is appropriate to a given scenario. They also learn to critically evaluate research that incorporates single-subject research designs, create data graphs, and develop a comprehensive research proposal. SERP 590 provides 3 credit hours/45 clock hours of instruction
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.