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»Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Certificate Program

Begin your Journey to Become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

Expand your career through Chapman University's highly specialized behavioral analysis program designed for professionals in the fields of education, psychology, social work , occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, and medicine. Chapman’s 8-month program is Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB) approved and meets the BACB Fourth Edition Task List coursework requirements. The coursework prepares students to begin their independent fieldwork and take the Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA) Examination.

Program Highlights:

  • Our 8 month cohort program consists of four 3-unit courses completed in consecutive 6-week terms.
  • Classes are designed for working professionals and students, and are taught on Friday evenings and alternating Saturdays.
  • We are the only in-person, face-to-face program in Orange County, CA.
  • All courses are taught on Chapman University's beautiful Orange, CA campus.
  • Our instructors are highly experienced BCBAs working in educational, clinical and medical settings.

Courses include:

  •  Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
  •  Fundamental Topics for the BCaBA: Ethics, Measurement and Design, Systems Change and Supervision
  •  Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change & Specific Behavior Change Procedures
  •  Behavior Change Considerations: Problem Identification and Assessment
Be part of our inaugural cohort!
Classes start in January of 2015 and are completed in early September of 2015.

+-Course Sequence and Descriptions

Course 1: BCBX 9301A: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis

This 45 hour course covers concepts, principles, and process derived from the experimental analysis of behavior, how they relate to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and definitions and characteristics of ABA. It will focus on basic characteristics, processes, concepts and terminology in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and the learning principles on which ABA is based. Topics include philosophy and assumptions of ABA, choosing and defining target behaviors, positive and negative reinforcement, schedules of reinforcement, extinction, positive and negative punishment, imitation, motivating operations, functional relations, stimulus control, discrimination and generalization, and verbal behavior. Students also learn to interpret and discuss articles from the behavior analytic literature as well as use self-management techniques.

Course 2: BCBX 9307: Fundamental Topics for the BCaBA: Ethics, Measurement and Design, Systems Change and Supervision

This graduate-level 50 hour course covers a variety of advanced topics for BCaBAs. This course is based on the BACB Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysis. It will address the Ethical Considerations of Assistant Behavior Analysts and their supervisors,  including ensuring professional competence, addressing issues or concerns with supervisors, understanding the importance of ethics, reporting requirements, reviewing the Professional Disciplinary Standards © and the role of Assistant Behavior Analysts in the workplace, in research and in the field. We will review key concepts in measurement and experimental design, and address how BCaBAs may play a role in this process. Finally, we will discuss the application of system-wide intervention, as well as strategies to identify behavior-analytic procedures that may be used by supervisors to both manage and support behavioral services.

Course 3: BCBX 9304A: Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change & Specific Behavior Change Procedures

This graduate-level 45 hour course is based on the BACB Fourth Edition Task List. This course covers specifically the fundamental elements of behavior change and specific behavior change procedures. It will focus on the use of positive and negative reinforcement, positive and negative punishment, shaping and changing procedures, conducting task analysis, the use of verbal operants while reviewing other specific behavior change procedures.

Course 4: BCBX 9305A: Behavior Change Considerations: Problem Identification and Assessment

This graduate-level 45 hour course is based on the BACB Fourth Edition Task List. This course covers specifically the topic of identification of the problem and assessment, intervention of behavior change considerations. It will focus on the specific task lists of reviewing assessment of a client, referrals, practicing in the competency level of the behavior analyst, assessing and using measurable terms. Topics will review identification of intervention strategies, and programming for ethical considerations, generalization and working collaboratively with others. Additionally, the topic of autism, as it applies to diagnostic information, assessment, screening tool and other related topics will be discussed.

+-2015 Course Schedule

 

Course #1

Day

Date

Class Time

9301A: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis  

Friday

1-9-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

1-10-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

1-16-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday

1-23-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

1-24-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

1-30-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday

2-6-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

2-7-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

2-13-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

 

Course #2

Day

Date

Class Time

9307:  Fundamental Topics for the BCaBA:  Ethics, Measurement and Design, Systems Change and Supervision

 

Friday

2-27-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

2-28-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

3-6-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday

3-13-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

3-14-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

3-20-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday

3-27-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

3-28-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

4-3-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

 

Course #3

Day

Date

Class Time

9304A: Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change & Specific Behavior Change Procedures

Friday

6-5-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

6-6-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

6-12-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday

6-19-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

6-20-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

6-26-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday

7-10-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

7-11-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

7-17-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

 

Course #4

Day

Date

Class Time

9305A: Behavior Change Considerations: Problem Identification and Assessment

Friday

7-31-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

8-1-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

8-7-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday

8-14-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

8-15-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

8-21-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday

8-28-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday

8-29-15

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday

9-4-15

5:00-9:00 p.m.


 

+-Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must have a Bachelors degree or be in your final year of a Bachelors degree program from an accredited college or university, in behavior analysis or one of the approved academic areas listed below:
    • Education
    • Clinical, counseling, or school psychology
    • Clinical social work
    • Occupational therapy
    • Speech/language therapy
    • Engineering
    • Medicine
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA from their undergraduate coursework. 
  • Submit an online application, available August 1, 2014 on this web page.
  • Submit a resume or vita including documentation of experience in field (volunteer or paid), may be submitted through the online application
  • Submit a 1500-word Statement of Intent which describes your interest to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), may be submitted through the online application
  • Submit two recommendation forms.
  • Submit official transcripts from all accredited institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate). Please mail transcripts to:

                     Chapman University
                     Office of Graduate Admissions/Attn: Eva Yen
                     One University Drive
                     Orange, CA 92866

+-Instructors

Amy J. Griffiths   Amy J. Griffiths

Amy-Jane Griffiths, PhD, NCSP, is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 24536), a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She obtained her doctorate in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Griffiths currently serves as the Director of the Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T) program, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Chapman University and the University of California Irvine’s School of Medicine. Prior to her work with F.A.S.T, Dr. Griffiths served as a director for a behavior intervention program designed to support teens and young adults with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. She has worked as a consultant and trainer implementing data-driven practices in a number of settings, including residential treatment facilities, public schools, and alternative school settings. Scholarly and research interests include: student engagement, implementing Positive Behavior Supports, threat assessment, Response to Intervention (RtI) implementation, targeted interventions for students with behavioral concerns, program evaluation, and the development of data-based decision making teams in the school setting.

Kelly McKinnon   Kelly McKinnon

Kelly McKinnon, MA, BCBA is the Director of Behavior Intervention Services at The Center for Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Kelly has her Master's Degree from Boston College, has a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education from Penn State, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2003. Kelly has 20 years' experience working with adults and children with various developmental disabilities. Kelly got her start in 1994 working in Massachusetts overseeing group and independent living facilities with adults dually diagnosed (developmental disabilities and mentally ill), deaf and/or blind, and behaviorally challenged. Kelly worked to help several adults with disabilities buy their first homes, use public transportation and obtain jobs. Kelly moved to California in 2002 where she completed her first book, Social Skills Solutions, opened her own practice, and began consulting with local schools and organizations. Kelly is a frequent speaker around the country about implementing ABA programs effectively. Kelly is currently on Senator Correa's Autism Task Force.

+-Tuition and Fees

Tuition

Tuition is $400 per credit. Each course is 3 credits, for a course cost of $1200.

The BCaBA certificate program includes 4 courses, for a total tuition cost of $4800.

Course Units Cost Per Unit Cost Per Class
BCBX 9301A 3 $400 $1200
BCBX 9307 3 $400

$1200

BCBX 9304A 3 $400 $1200
BCBX 9305A 3 $400 $1200
      Total: 12 $4800

Parking
Parking for BCaBA students through the Office of Extended Education is currently $165 for the year and will be billed to your student account in two installments.  You must register your vehicle through Public Safety. When your payment has been received and your vehicle is registered, please pick up your parking permit from the Public Safety Office. NOTE: Students who begin the cohort in the Fall will use the same parking permit throughout the program. Students who begin in the Spring (January) will pick up a parking permit in January and will need to pick up a permit in August, after the 2nd installment payment has been paid.

If you do not need parking, you must register for a Parking Waiver through Public Safety. Parking is billed to all students and may be reversed when a parking waiver is submitted and approved by the Public Safety office.

+-Financing my Education

Federal financial aid is not available for students enrolled through Extended Education, therefore a FAFSA application is not needed.

Private loans can be secured for this program. Below are private loans available for Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Masters study/continuing education. For more information regarding private/alternative loans please visit the financial aid website or you may click on the options below.  Please note the disbursement date is the date your disbursement check is mailed to Chapman University. Delivery times may take 7-10 business days. Disbursements are not directly deposited into your Chapman student account. Please allow ample time for delivery and to ensure payment is made on time.

Sallie Mae - Smart Option Student Loan

Please note the following when completing your Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan:
  • School: Chapman University Extended Education (Default)
  • Academic Loan Period: Start/End dates of program
  • Anticipated Graduation/Completion: Last day of program
  • Grade Level: Certificate/Continuing Ed
  • Course of Study: Continuing Education
  • Major: Continuing Education
  • Enrollment Status: Full-Time

Wells Fargo Bank - Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan  (Undergraduate/Post-Bachelors only)

Please note the following when completing your Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan application:

  • School: Chapman University Extended Education (Orange)
  • Program: Career/Technical/Continuing Ed
  • Check box:
  • Grade Level: 5th Year Undergraduate
  • Field of Study: Other - Description: Board Certified assistant behavior Analyst Certificate
  • Enrollment Status: Full-Time

+-Drop and Withdrawal Policy

Drops & Withdrawals: The tuition refunding deadlines differ from the academic (Orange Campus) deadlines for dropping/adding classes and withdrawing from the University. Each student is responsible for knowing and understanding these deadlines. Petitioning to drop or withdraw after these deadlines does not affect the student’s financial obligations.  

The tuition refund policy is as follows: 100% refund prior to the start of the first class; 80% refund through the 10th calendar day of the term. No refund after that time. Drops and withdrawals are based term by term. Exceptions are approved and determined by the Director of the Office of Extended Education.

+-Behavior Analyst Certification Board® BCaBA Requirements

To meet BCaBA certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) you must meet four requirements:

1. Degree: Possession of a minimum a bachelors degree that was conferred in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, human services, engineering, medicine or a field related to behavior analysis and approved by the BACB. You must have completed your bachelors degree or be in your final year of study to apply for Chapman University's BCaBA certificate program.

2. Coursework: The applicant must complete 180 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction. We are a BACB® approved program. Our course work meets the BACB® 4th Edition Task List BCaBA Course Content requirements.

3. Supervised Experience: Students must complete up to 1000 hours of supervised experience following the BACB® Categories of Supervised Experience.

4. Exam: Pass the BACB® 4th Edition Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Examination.

Chapman University's BCaBA certificate program meets the BACB® 4th Edition Task List coursework requirements. The coursework prepares you to begin independent fieldwork and take the BACB® Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Examination.

+-Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®)?

The BCaBA conducts descriptive behavioral assessments and is able to interpret the results and design ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions for clients. The BCaBA designs and oversees interventions in familiar cases (e.g., similar to those encountered during their training) that are consistent with the dimensions of applied behavior analysis. The BCaBA obtains technical direction from a BCBA for unfamiliar situations. The BCaBA is able to teach others to carry out interventions and supervise behavioral technicians once the BCaBA has demonstrated competency with the procedures involved under the direct supervision of a BCBA. The BCaBA may assist a BCBA with the design and delivery of introductory level instruction in behavior analysis. It is mandatory that each BCaBA practice under the supervision of a BCBA.  Governmental entities, third-party insurance plans and others utilizing BCaBAs must require this supervision.

Who is the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®)?

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB adheres to international standards for boards that grant professional credentials. The BACB certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation, pursuant to a job analysis survey of the profession and standards established by content experts in the field.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board contracts with Pearson VUE for examination administration. The BACB administers the examinations several times per year in over 200 sites within the United States and over 150 sites outside the US. The BACB has approved course sequences at over 240 universities.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board's BCBA and BCaBA credentialing programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in Washington, DC. NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

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Information Sessions

Learn more about the BCaBA certificate program.

RSVP to diosomit@chapman.edu to attend an Information Session

September 18th at 7:00pm in AF 209