FranU’s ABA certificate consists of a 15-credit hour curriculum with an optional 16-credit internship designed to educate and form students for potential vocations in applied behavior analysis through both didactic coursework and supervised internships.
Applied behavior analysis is a science that uses the principles of behavior to change behavior in important ways. In contrast to other branches of psychology, applied behavior analysis’ primary focus is on behavior, and seeks to identify functional relationships between environmental factors (e.g., consequences of behavior) and behavior at the individual level. Following identification of functional relations, behavior analysts modify the environmental factors to increase the probability of more desirable behaviors or decrease the probability of aberrant or problematic behaviors.
Applied behavior analysis is most widely known for its application as treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder. Numerous studies have shown early-intensive behavior intervention (EIBI), which is often referred to as ABA, produces socially significant behavior changes for this population.
Applied behavior analysis has also acquired a vast amount of empirical support showing it to be effective in producing socially-significant behavior changes in other areas. Some of these areas include:
Behavior analytic studies have identified powerful therapeutic tools that allow practitioners of ABA to make significant improvements in their clients’ lives. These tools require training to use effectively. Specificity of training varies across credentials. Demand for individuals who hold these credentials have increased substantially over the last decade.
Applicants should have a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
FranU offers a second option for obtaining an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate, which allows students to embed ABA courses and internships into a 121-credit hour degree plan. Successful completion of the degree plan results in students receiving both a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a certificate in ABA.
Please click here if you are interested in obtaining a degree in Psychology with ABA certificate courses embedded.
Currently, ABA courses are only offered in the face-to-face format; however, other courses in the psychology degree plan may be offered online or face-to-face.
Selection for FranU-coordinated internships is based upon clinical site availability with priority given to students enrolled in the psychology major.
The Behavior Analysis Certification Board™ (BACB®) offers several credentials in ABA. Each credential has specific criteria related to educational and practical experiences required for an individual to qualify to take a credentialing examination. The specific requirements can be found on the BACB’s website:
Registered behavior technicians® (RBTs®) can implement behavior-change interventions but must have supervision from a behavior analyst higher in the tier system. General requirements include 40 hours of instructional training in ABA and competency assessment.
Board certified assistant behavior analysts® (BCaBAs®) can implement behavior-change interventions, conduct behavior analytic assessments, and develop behavior-change plans, however, BCaBAs must work under the supervision of behavior analyst higher in the tier system. General requirements include a bachelor’s degree that includes specific course work and supervised experience.
Board certified behavior analysts® (BCBAs®) can implement behavior-change interventions, conduct behavior analytic assessments, and develop behavior-change plans. BCBAs can work independently. General requirements include a master’s degree that includes specific course work and supervised experience.
Board certified behavior analyst-doctoral® (BCBA-D®) can implement behavior-change interventions, conduct behavior analytic assessments, and develop behavior-change plans. BCBA-Ds can work independently. General requirements include a doctoral degree that includes specific course work and supervised experience.
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Tracy L. Lepper, Ph.D., BCBA-D - Program Director
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
|PSYC 2350 - Behavior Analysis||3|
|PSYC 3350 - Applied Behavior Analytic Interventions||3|
|PSYC 3941 - Internship I||4|
|Semester Credit Hours||10|
|PSYC 4370 - Ethics, Personnel Supervision and Management||3|
|PSYC 4942 - Internship IV||4|
|Semester Credit Hours||7|
Note: Certificate in ABA is not a credential; students must meet the eligibility criteria specified by the BACB and pass the BCaBA examination body before identifying oneself as a BCaBA.