Certificate of Graduate Study in Behavior Analyst

Behavior Analysis is the application of the science of learning to the solution of problems of social significance. Behavior analysts work in schools, homes, and community settings, and consult in the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions for a variety of learners across a variety of skills. Coursework will meet the requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.

Pass Rate

NIU graduates have a 90% pass rate on the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Exam, well above the national pass rate of 62%.

Eligibility

The BCBA certificate is for you if you already have a master's degree in special education, psychology, behavior analysis, or education. Unsure? Request a degree assessment. If the degree requirements do not allow you to apply to take the BCBA exam with your current master's, you would be eligible to apply to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst credential does not currently have a degree restriction.

Master's Degree Option

If you don't yet have a master's degree, you can earn the M.S.Ed. in Special Education with a specialization in Behavior Analysis.

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Course Sequence

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements such as Experience Standards to qualify. Please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. website for more information.

Course number
Name Credit Hours

SESE 515

Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis

3

SESE 570

Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis

3

SESE 708

Advanced Behavior Assessment and Functional Analysis

3

SESE 792

Single-Case Research Methodologies and Research-Based Practices in Special Education

3

SESE 709

Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis and Research-Based Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

3

SESE 710

Behavioral Applications and Consultation in School and Community Settings

3

SESE 511

Ethics and Professional Behavior for Behavior Analysts

3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program accredited?

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has verified and approved our course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.

What course work do I need to complete to obtain the NIU Certificate of Graduate Study in Behavior Analyst?

The course work is the same six courses as listed above with the addition of SESE 570, Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 hours).

When is the next cohort?

The next cohort for the BCBA course sequence (and master's program) will begin in fall 2021.

How do I apply?

Apply to be a student-at-large through the Graduate School and apply for the BCBA program through the SEED department.