Applied Behavioral Analysis Specialization

BCBA Certificate—20 units

Department of School Counseling and School Psychology: (626) 815-5424

NOTE: A Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) coordinator must approve admission to this emphasis. Admission to the BCBA program course sequence requires a separate application with the Graduate and Professional Center and interview with the BCBA committee.

The following eight-course sequence in applied behavior analysis, in its entirety, meets the 270 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction in the specified content areas established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB). Graduate students in the program must successfully complete all of the courses listed below to qualify to sit for the BCBA examination. Individual courses taken with a non-BCBA instructor or outside of APU’s BCBA eight-course sequence may not meet BCBA requirements. Please contact the BACB for additional information.

ABA 503Introduction to Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings3
ABA 504Single-Case Designs: Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavior3
ABA 514Functional Behavior Assessment in Applied Settings3
ABA 515Behavior Change Procedures in Applied Settings - Part 13
ABA 524Advanced Topical Study: Applications and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis3
ABA 534Behavior Change Procedures in Applied Settings - Part 23
ABA 500ABA Fieldwork 11
ABA 510ABA Fieldwork 21
Total Units20

Special Note: A behavior analyst is certified by the BACB after passing the BCBA certification exam. To sit for the exam, a candidate must apply directly to the BACB and provide evidence of the following: a master’s degree in behavior analysis, education, or psychology from a qualifying institution; a passing grade in each course (i.e., C or better in each graded course), comprising a total of at least 270 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction from an approved university in the specified content areas established by the BACB; and completion of 1,500 hours of supervised independent fieldwork in behavior analysis supervised by a qualified BCBA. Azusa Pacific University does not provide this supervision. For more specific information regarding the certification process, please visit the BACB website at