Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Washington, D.C.
- 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.
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.
Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is aligned with coursework requirements for eligibility to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB). Applicants for BCBA® certification must meet additional requirements established by BACB® including completion of an approved master’s degree, supervised experience, application, examination, and background check.
There may also be state professional licensure requirements to practice applied behavior analysis. A state’s licensure board determines the specific requirements for candidates seeking professional licensure and those requirements are subject to change. The following is state professional licensure information as of 3/1/2017:
- BCBA® certification aligns with certification requirements for professional licensure in Virginia. Graduates who have obtained BCBA® certification may be eligible for licensure in Maryland if their master’s degree program aligns with state degree requirements. Note that candidates for professional licensure may be required to meet additional state requirements such as application, examination, and background check.
- As of the date of publication, a professional license is not required to practice behavior analysis in California, Illinois, or Washington D.C.
It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements for any state not listed above. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis may meet some or all of the requirements of states not listed, but additional state-specific approvals or coursework and/or practicum hours may be required beyond the program’s graduation requirements. Some state licensing requirements include the following: completion of a master’s degree, post-graduate field work, certification as a board certified behavior analyst, examination, and application for license.
Due to recent and ongoing changes in state professional licensure of applied behavior analysis practitioners, students should contact the state board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure. To assist with this research, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysists (APBA) publishes information regarding state licensure: http://www.apbahome.net/APBALicensure.php
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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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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:
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