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Become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in under a year with The Chicago School's Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Applied Behavior Analysis

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Full-Time
  • 1 Year

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program at our Washington, D.C. campus provides state-of-the-art education and training, preparing graduates to be successful practitioners who make a positive difference in our communities. Graduates of this program will have satisfied the coursework requirement to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) examination. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) […]

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program at our Washington, D.C. campus provides state-of-the-art education and training, preparing graduates to be successful practitioners who make a positive difference in our communities. Graduates of this program will have satisfied the coursework requirement to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) examination.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures and principles can facilitate remarkable progress and have improved quality of life for many people. In addition to being the foundational procedures for early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) in autism, ABA has been used to accomplish the following:

  • Teach children to read
  • Improve safety, productivity, and employee satisfaction in organizations
  • Decrease problem behaviors such as tantrums, aggression or self-injury in a range of populations
  • Decrease symptoms in individuals with brain injuries
  • Reduce human misery and improved functioning and quality of life

 

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis: D.C. Student Experience

Surrounded by much of the nation’s historical and cultural riches, students will have the opportunity to benefit from a location essential to much of the United States’ political, governmental, and multi-national affairs.

Expanding on the success of the Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. campuses, the D.C. campus reflects The Chicago School’s commitment to diversity and effort to expand mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Applied Behavior Analysis I

Applied behavior analysis is a discipline devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. This course teaches students how to produce socially significant behavior change in applied settings using basic concepts and principles from the experimental analysis of behavior.

Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis

This course instructs students in the basic principles of operant and respondent conditioning, selection by consequences, and the research literature from which the principles were derived. The course also addresses the philosophical assumptions of behavior analysis (i.e., radical behaviorism).

Assessment and Intervention

Students learn how to conduct assessments, review assessment data, develop function-based interventions, and to make data-based decisions.

The post-master’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis coursework is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and meets the coursework requirements to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) exam. ABA curricula are periodically reevaluated by the BCBA® and recertified.

Students may complete the BCBA® Supervised Practicum Experience required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® through TCSPP’s BACB® approved University Practicum option. This option requires fewer field experience hours than the Supervised Independent Fieldwork option. Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week of a combination of documented work implementing activities of applied behavior analysis plus supervision meetings to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. See BACB.com for appropriate experience activities and for more information about practicum requirements.

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350 N Orleans ST STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Students applying to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Applicants to this program should ensure their resume illustrates relevant work experience.
  • Essay
    • Please write a two page essay stating why you are interested in becoming Board Certified in Applied Behavior Analysis, and your experience in Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • One Letter of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.

Applicants to the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis must possess a Master’s degree from an accredited institution, that was conferred in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, human services, engineering, medicine, or related behavior analysis field approved by the BCBA®. It is recommended that students contact the BCBA® to confirm acceptance of their degree prior to beginning coursework. A practicum site approval form is also required from students seeking to complete Practicum supervision requirements through the program’s BCBA® approved Practicum Experience.

In addition to the admission criteria, applicants to the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis must also have access to a computer that is less than three years old, a broadband internet connection, and the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook and, at minimum, the following computing skills:

  • A comfort with basic Internet technology
  • The ability to open and attach files from and to emails
  • The ability to send and receive email
  • The ability to save documents

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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