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Ph.D. Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization, Credential Track

Credentialing Track

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 4 Years Full-Time (Post-Master’s)

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization, Credentialing Track at our Los Angeles campus helps students establish the academic groundwork needed to become Board Certified Behavior Analysists (BCBA). By drawing on behavioral principles, data, and scientific methods, students will learn how to affect positive changes in behavior in various environments. Guided by practitioner […]

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization, Credentialing Track at our Los Angeles campus helps students establish the academic groundwork needed to become Board Certified Behavior Analysists (BCBA). By drawing on behavioral principles, data, and scientific methods, students will learn how to affect positive changes in behavior in various environments. Guided by practitioner faculty, students of the Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Credentialing Track will have the opportunity to explore careers in the following roles in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA):

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Researchers
  • Clinicians

The Chicago School offers the Ph.D. Behavior Analysis: Credentialing Track for those who wish pursue a Ph.D. ABA in an accredited ABA program but who do not have the required master’s degree and/or have not completed the curriculum to be eligible to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis: Credentialing Track L.A. Student Experience

Immersed in the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., students attending the Los Angeles Campus will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. As they earn their applied behavior analysis degree, together they learn from and work side-by-side with experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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In addition, students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Psychology: Behavior Analysis (ABA) program are offered the opportunity for hands-on learning through ConCISE, a student run consulting firm with a mission of providing solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

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Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis

Behavior analysis is a natural science approach to studying behavior. A key operating assumption is that behavior is a legitimate subject matter in its own right, and is not the result of processes occurring within the individual. 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).

Professional Ethics and Issues

Professional, ethical, and legal issues related to the practice of behavior analysis are critically examined. Students read ethical guidelines relevant to behavior analysis and apply those guidelines to ethical scenarios and dilemmas. Supplementary materials illustrate or elaborate on various issues, including the history of ethics in behavior analysis and current ethical and professional issues.

Assessment and Intervention

In this course, students learn how to conduct assessments, review assessment data, develop function-based interventions, and to make data-based decisions.

The Chicago School’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization at the LA Campus is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation; Commission on Accreditation (CoA) is a specialized/professional accreditor, meaning that APA accreditation only extends to specific doctoral graduate programs, pre-doctoral internships, and postdoctoral residencies in professional psychology. Accreditation by APA is not awarded by schools or campuses, but rather by program. The accredited status of one specific program does not extend to other programs in the same department or institution.

Eligible applicants having the required Master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) will be prepared to sit for the credentialing examination upon completion of the Credentialing Track curriculum. Eligible applicants who do not have the required Master’s degree will be prepared and eligible to sit for the credentialing examination upon completion of the Credentialing Track curriculum upon conferral of the Ph.D. degree. Note: Applicants must meet all BACB eligibility standards.

Students completing the MS ABA program as part of the 5-year post-baccalaureate Ph.D. program will complete a portion of supervised fieldwork required to seek the BCBA® credential. Students are responsible for completing the other portion of supervised fieldwork outside of the ABA program.

Students applying to the Ph.D. in, Behavior Analysis Specialization program must submit the following:

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Students applying to the Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis: Credentialing Track must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following two questions on separate sheets of paper (approximately 500 words each).
    • Describe the areas of applied behavior analysis that most interest you – including your professional goals – and how those interests developed. How will completion of the doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis facilitate achieving your professional goals?
    • As a behavior analyst, you are likely to work and study with people from many different backgrounds. Tell us some of the challenges you see studying and working with people different from yourself, and what you would contribute in your interactions.
  • 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.
  • Three Letters 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.

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis program (post‐Master’s) is open to any person who has earned a Master’s degree as specified below from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. The school admits applicants whom it judges to possess sufficient academic aptitude, as well as the emotional and social maturity to function effectively as a professional behavior analyst. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to engage in graduate work.

Factors considered in admission are:

  • Undergraduate and any graduate coursework
  • GPA from undergraduate and graduate schools
  • Successful work history
  • Admission essay(s)
  • Letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors

An undergraduate or graduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission to the school’s Applied Behavior Analysis doctoral program.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications.

Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. post‐Master’s must fall into one of these three categories:

  • Category A: Have a Master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and hold a current BCBA® certification in good standing.
  • Category B: Have a Master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and have completed the BACB® approved courses required to qualify for the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task) list.
  • Category C: Have a Master’s degree in a field that is not recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and/or that have not completed the BACB® approved courses required to qualify for the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task) list. Students admitted upon category C will be required to successfully complete the Credentialing Track requirements (28 credits).

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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