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BCaBA Coursework

Overview

Oakland University's BCaBA course sequence, approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, fulfills course requirements for the BCaBA credential. BCaBA certification requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, completion of an approved series of courses, and a defined period of supervised practical experience, in order to apply for the BCaBA examination. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, apply for the credential, and pass the BCaBA examination to become certified at the BCaBA level. For further information about the requirements to become a BCaBA, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.

Individuals certified at the BCaBA level may not practice independently, but may be supervised by someone certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level. BCaBAs can supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.


Coursework Overview

  • All courses will be taught by a BCBA or BCBA-D
  • 4 courses are required, offered over 12 months (beginning in Fall 2017)
  • Courses will be held on the campus of Oakland University:
    • Fall 2017: Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8:50 p.m.
    • Winter 2018: Monday and Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8:50 p.m.
    • Summer 2018: Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8:50 p.m.
  • Tuition Rates:
    • Undergraduate Students - Upper-Division Rate: $479.75 per credit (16 credits)
    • PD Students (those who already have a Bachelor's degree): $700 per course (non-credit)

Admission Requirements
Candidates will:

  • have a minimum of a high school diploma (or equivalent)
  • have the potential for success in the field
  • need to have earned a bachelor’s degree before sitting for the BCaBA exam
  • be required to attend an info session / group interview. Contact Susan Martino (martino@oakland.edu) to learn about upcoming sessions.

If you already have a Bachelor's degree, please contact PACE for further information on registering for these four courses.

BCaBAs Interested in Becoming BCBAs
BCaBAs who are in good standing may apply for the BCBA examination once they have completed additional required coursework at the graduate level as well as supervised experience required by the BACB.

For additional information, to register for one of the information sessions or to apply for the BCaBA coursework, please contact:

Susan Martino
martino@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4415

Course Sequence

BCaBA certification requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, completion of an approved series of courses, and a defined period of supervised practical experience, in order to apply for the BCaBA examination. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, apply for the credential, and pass the BCaBA examination to become certified at the BCaBA level.

The course sequence offered by Oakland University is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for fulfillment of course requirements for the BCaBA credential.

Individuals accepted into this course sequence are responsible for arranging their own independent field work hours in compliance with the criteria set forth by the BACB; Oakland University can provide a list of options. 

Course

Credits

Course Name/Description

Term

SE 4851

4

Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis

Fall 2017

SE 4852

4

Behavioral Assessment

Winter 2018

SE 4853

4

Treatment Planning

Winter 2018

SE 4854

4

Research Methods / Ethics

Full Summer Term, 2018

All courses are required
TOTAL CREDITS = 16

For additional information, view the BCaBA course sequence packet.

Course Descriptions

SE 4851: Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis | 4 credit hours
(60 hours towards BCaBA content)
Focuses on the principles and concepts of applied behavior analysis (ABA), historical perspective, fundamental vocabulary, philosophy, and methodology of the science of behavior management. Additional topics include the basics of defining behaviors, data collection, and the use of ABA with various populations.

SE 4852: Behavioral Assessment | 4 credit hours
(60 hours towards BCaBA content)
Provides an overview of assessment techniques used in behavior intervention planning, including the history and present use of functional assessments, completion of the functional assessment interview, descriptive and functional analysis, data collection and interpretation, preference assessment, and interpretation of evaluation tools for various populations.

SE 4853: Treatment Planning | 4 credit hours
(60 hours towards BCaBA content)
Focuses on techniques used in behavior intervention planning, data collection, interpretation of assessments, development of goals and objectives, overview and application of treatment interventions, management, supervision, and team planning. Assignments include literature research and paper presentations, participation in discussions, and implementation of behavior assessment principles.

SE 4854: Research Methods/Ethics | 4 credit hours
(60 hours towards BCaBA content)
Includes an overview of research method techniques, theoretical foundations of empirical research, principles of the scientific method, experimental designs, analyses of research designs, research protocol, and formation of research hypothesis, as well as a review of the techniques of behavior intervention planning with an overview of the responsibility, values, ethics, and principles of the field of behavior analysis. Literature research, paper presentations, participation in well-informed discussions and application of principles are the primary teaching methods utilized throughout the course.