UCM Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Purpose of the Certificate Program
The certificate program prepares students to be Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts. There is a high demand for individuals with this credential. Completion of the certificate satisfies the educational requirements to sit for the BC(A)BA national exam. Passing the exam is necessary to become a BC(A)BA.
Student Learning Outcomes
After completion of the certificate courses the student will be able to:
1.Describe the critical characteristics of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
2.Describe and apply research methods used in ABA.
3.Describe and apply principles of behavior used to address socially significant problems.
4.Describe and apply behavioral assessment procedures, including functional assessment of behavior.
5.Graph, visually analyze and interpret behavioral data.
6. Describe ethical issues related to ABA and possible solutions to ethical dilemmas.
Department admission requirements
To be considered for admission to the UCM Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, the student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 at the university level, including one college-level English composition course and General psychology course, each with a grade of B or better. Non-degree and students already admitted to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree may apply for receipt of the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.
To remain a candidate for the Certificate in ABA a grade of “B” or higher must be obtained for all core and elective classes. The practicum must be completed with a “Satisfactory” grade.
All required courses must be taken at UCM. A maximum of three units of transfer credit for elective courses only may be applied toward the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Courses taken toward the undergraduate certificate program may be applied to a UCM Bachelor of Science or Arts degree as a general elective or major elective course.
A maximum of nine units of core course work from the undergraduate certificate may be used to fulfill major course requirements for a UCM Bachelor of Science or Arts degree.
To apply for admission for the Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis, the following items must be submitted:
1. Supplemental Application for the Certificate in ABA. Click on this link for the Application Form.
2. Updated curriculum vita.
3. Statement of Academic and Professional Goals: a 500-word statement summarizing how your professional and educational goals are consistent with the objectives of the Certificate in ABA.