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The applied behavior analysis (ABA) graduate certificate is an online program that offers the coursework required to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Students interested in pursuing the BCBA will also need to meet experience and exam requirements specified by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Go to http://bacb.com for more information.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts design and supervise behavior analytic interventions and conduct comprehensive behavioral assessments, including functional analyses. The BCBA teaches others to carry out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs and delivers instruction in behavior analysis. A BCBA will supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts and others who implement behavior analytic interventions.
Applied Behavior Analysis at Grand Valley
Upon completion, students will earn a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis that has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) to meet coursework requirement for the BCBA. Experience requirements for the BCBA, as defined by the BACB, must be fulfilled in addition to the graduate certificate program coursework. Upon meeting the coursework and experience requirements defined by the BACB, students may apply to take the BCBA exam.
Preference will be given to applications received by May 1st for fall admission. Applications need to be complete before they will be considered for admission. Students may enter the ABA Graduate Certificate program in two ways:
1. Applicants to the ABA graduate certificate program must demonstrate completion of a Master’s Degree in psychology or education with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. To be eligible for consideration, applications must include submission of the following materials:
- All graduate admission materials required by the university
- A professional vita or resume
- Three professional letters of recommendation
- A two page personal statement outlining interest in the field of applied behavior analysis and the program at Grand Valley State University, relevant experience, and educational and professional goals
2. Students in the school psychology graduate program are automatically admitted to the ABA graduate certificate program.