Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
The University of Colorado Denver, School of Education and Human Development, is now offering two course sequences in Behavior Analysis to prepare students to become effective Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®), or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA®) . These course sequences are offered through Continuing and Professional Education, and they meet criteria established by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®) for approved coursework. Students who complete our program will not have to provide further coursework documentation when applying for the BCBA® or BCaBA® examinations.
The BCBA® courses are part of a five, 3-credit course sequence taught fully online by our UCD BCBA® instructors. BCBA® students will complete a total of 225 required class hours distributed among the BACB®‘s 3rd Edition Task List areas. BCaBA® students will complete 135 required class hours over a four, 3-credit course sequence. Each course will be taught over a 10-week period of time. The four core courses (SPED 5450, SPED 5460, SPED 5470, and SPED 5480) will be offered in sequence; therefore, students must begin the program with SPED 5450 to start in January. The fifth course (SPED 5490), which is required for BCBA® students only, will be offered at multiple times. Students can register for this course after completing the first course - SPED 5450.
*All students who plan on taking the BACB Examination in 2015 or later must have completed coursework under the BACB's 4th Edition Task List. The requirements will change to include an additional course that must be completed in addition to the five exisiting courses.
The first three courses of the certificate (9 credits) may be applied toward an ABA concentration area in the UC Denver Master’s degree in Special Education. All courses are three graduate credit hours. Tuition for each course is $349/credit ($1047/course) + $100 online course fee/course. SPED 5490 has open enrollment and is not limited to students in the certificate program.
The Behavior Analysis Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the course sequence below as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® and the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.
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||Preferred Sequence & Term Offered|
|SPED 5450: Introduction to ABA and Terminology
This course will introduce the history and basics of ABA with a focus on its related terminology. In addition, ABA benefits will be discussed, and emphasis placed on ethical considerations required for practicing ABA as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
First - Cohort E: summer (7.16- 9.24.13)
|SPED 5460: ABA Practical Applications
This course will provide a framework for the natural science of behavior. It will provide students with a systematic approach to understanding and precisely describing the behavior of individuals, and its relationship to environmental determinants.
|Second - Cohort D: spring (4.23 - 7.2.13) Cohort E: fall (10.8-12.17.13)|
|SPED 5470: ABA Data
This course will introduce how to collect and interpret different types of data, and the importance of making data-driven decisions for behavior change procedures based on functional relationships.
|Third - Cohort D: summer (7.16 - 9.24.13)|
|SPED 5480: ABA Advanced Data and Behavioral Plans and Applications
Students will learn to use standard celeration charts and make data-driven decisions to write appropriate behavioral plans. They will also learn to use ABA strategies to enhance communication, to support individuals with ASD, and to benefit from systems supports.
|Fourth - Cohort C: spring (4.23 - 7.2.13) or Cohort D: fall (10.8 - 12.17.13)|
|SPED 5490: Autism in Early Intervention
This course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to implement recommended, evidence-based practices with young children with autism. The course will provide information on the etiology of autism, diagnostic procedures, evidence-based practices, and how to support families who have a young child diagnosed on the spectrum. This course can be taken at any time after completion of the first course, SPED 5450.
Anytime after SPED 5450 - fall or spring (10.8 - 12.17.13 )