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Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate - Additional Details

Please note that space is limited. Registration will be completed on a first come, first serve basis among students who meet the registration criteria for their respective programs.Please send your resume outlining your education and professional experience, and a 1-page letter of intent to the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at In your letter, please outline the reasons why you would like to pursue the BCBA® or BCaBA® certification.

BCBA® interested students must either hold, or be in the process of completing, a master’s degree. BCaBA® interested students must either hold, or be in the process of completing, a bachelor’s degree. If your degree was conferred in behavior analysis or one of the approved academic areas listed on the BACB website, you do not need to take any action. All other degree determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. To request consideration of your degree, use this form​ to provide BACB with some basic information. If students use this form and upload a scanned copy of their transcript, there is no need to mail anything to BACB. If you degree is not in one of the approved academic areas, we will need to have proof of degree approval from the BACB before you begin your certification coursework at CU Denver. ​​ 

After December 31, 2015, all BCBA applications must meet the following degree requirement:  Possession of a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited university that was (a) conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology OR (b) conferred in a degree program in which the candidate completed a BACB approved course sequence.​​

Please note that in order to apply for the BCBA® Examination or BCaBA® Examination you will need to have COMPLETED:

BCB​A® Examination BCaBA® Examination
Master’s degree in Education, Psychology, or Behavior Analysis Bachelor’s degree
UC Denver BCBA®’s course sequence UC Denver BCaBA®’s course sequence
Supervised experience - see below. Supervised experience - see below.

Required Supervised Experience

Students must complete 1500 (BCBA) or 1000 (BCaBA) hours of supervised experience in order to take the examination.  Information on supervised experience can be found on the BACB website.

BACB Examination

The BACB examinations​ will be offered during “testing windows” of approximately one month's duration three times per calendar year. The examination will be available only during these testing windows.

For 2014, the exam is offered in February, May, August, and November. Applications should be submitted up to two weeks before the testing window begins.

University of Colorado Denver BCBA® Instructors

Teresa Camille Kolu, Ph.D., BCBA-D 

Dr. Kolu is a doctoral Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Ph.D from Rutgers University. Dr. Kolu has been dynamically engaged with families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders or language delays for 14 years, and trained in University of North Texas’ program in Behavior Analysis during her undergraduate and first graduate program. Dr. Kolu has published research on the neurobiology of contextual learning in peer-reviewed journals, and presented workshops and trainings on teaching social skills to learners with autism, improving teaching outcomes in an integrated preschool for autism, and arranging public and private educational environments to promote learning, independence, social interaction and communication. As a university instructor at Rutgers and UNT she taught courses in behavior analysis, autism, psychology, conditioning and learning, and writing. Her community based practice serves learners, families, and educational facilities affected by challenges from autism to traumatic brain injury and feeding concerns. Dr. Kolu is grateful to join the team at UCD, to continue engagement with students learning to incorporate ABA in their education and practice. ​

Jeff Kupfer, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Kupfer is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, Colorado and Nebraska, and a doctorate level board certified behavior analyst. He is a founder and member of the Board of Trustees for the Cambridge Center for Behavior Studies. He is the Past President of the Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Kupfer received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Florida, specializing in the experimental analysis of behavior. He has practiced in outpatient clinics, schools, in-patient hospitals, nursing homes and residential settings, and has treated severe behavioral disorders such as aggression and self-destructive behaviors. He has extensive experience treating persons with brain injury, pervasive developmental disabilities, autism, mental illness, and other neurologically-based disorders, and has published articles in the areas of behavior analysis, pharmacology and visual impairments.

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