Board Certification in Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis is the clinical arm of behavior analysis. Professionals in applied behavior analysis use principles of learning to address behavioral needs in a variety of contexts including education, organizational behavior management, drug addictions, and work with persons with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Most professional behavior analysts receive certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, which issues credentials at both the bachelor’s degree level (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst®, or BCaBA®) and the master’s degree level (Board Certified Behavior Analyst®, or BCBA®). Certification requires, among other things, a documented amount of supervised practical experience and passing a comprehensive examination.

BCaBA – Bachelor’s degree level certification

The Department of Psychology at the University of Florida has a Verified Course Sequence, approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), that prepares students to sit for the BCaBA exam after graduation. Students who successfully complete this sequence will automatically meet the coursework requirement to qualify for the exam. In addition to this coursework, the student will have to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practical experience in behavior analysis to fully qualify for the exam.

Note:  The Department of Psychology also offers a Behavior Analysis Specialization Track in Psychology.  This is distinct from the BACB Verified Course Sequence.  The specialization track is open to UF Psychology Majors only, whereas the BACB Verified Course Sequences is open to all UF students.

Eligibility

Full-time UF students are eligible to complete the sequence, regardless of major (i.e., non-psychology majors can complete the requirements and sit for the BCaBA exam). At this time, only residential UF students are eligible; UFO students are not eligible (the entire course sequence is not available online). Students who have already graduated from UF and students with a bachelor’s degree from another institution may apply to UF as a non-degree seeking student and enroll in on-campus courses with permission of the instructor.

Coursework

EAB 3764: Applied Behavior Analysis

EAB 3002: Principles of Behavior Analysis

EAB 4184: Behaviorism in Contemporary Society

EAB 4714C: Laboratory in Applied Behavior Analysis

Students interested in more information about the credential are advised to consult the BCaBA portion of the BACB® website. Students may also contact Dr. Willie DeLeon for further information: deleon@ufl.edu.

BCBA – Master’s degree level certification

University of Florida graduate students in Education and Psychology are eligible to enroll in the ABAI-approved Verified Course Sequence. Students who successfully complete this sequence will automatically meet the coursework requirement to qualify for the BCBA exam. Please consult the BACB website for additional information about eligibility and requirements. Please note that these courses are not offered online. The Behavior Analysis program in Psychology at the University of Florida does not currently admit students seeking only a master’s degree and does not offer a BACB “Certificate Program” for students with master’s degrees from other universities.

Course sequence

EAB 6099 – Survey of Behavior Analysis

EAB 6118 – Theoretical Foundations of Behavior Analysis

EAB 6707 – Applied Behavior Analysis

EAB 6712 – Experimental Psychopathology

EAB 6716 – Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities

EAB 6780 – Ethics and Professional Issues

Students may also contact Dr. Willie DeLeon for further information: deleon@ufl.edu.

The BACB® regularly publishes pass-rate data for all verified course sequences. The most recent information can be found here: https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/BCBA-pass-rates-percent-2017.pdf. However, pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year (including the University of Florida Verified Course Sequences) or for sequences within their first four years of operation.