Bunce Hall
Psychology
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Frequently Asked Questions

If I pursue this coursework, does that mean that I will only be certified to work with children and their families?

No. Although the coursework concentrates on providing you the skills necessary to serve children and their families, you will learn basic behavioral theory and practice that can be applied to many different populations. For more information about the diverse activities of behavior analysts, see Association for Behavior Analysis and Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

If I take the courses, will I be automatically certified as a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA)?

No. You need to successfully pass the three courses that fulfill the coursework requirements for the certification (Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Learning and Behaviorism, and Behavioral Assessment and Methodology). In addition, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. also requires a specified number of clinical hours supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or be approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. as eligible to take the BCBA examination under the current eligibility standards. Once you complete the coursework and the supervised hours, you then apply to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. to take the certification test.

Does the Field Placement course fulfill the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc requirement for supervised experience?

Not necessarily. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. requires a specified number of clinical hours supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. It is possible that some of your hours from the Field Experience course will count for your supervised hours if the individual supervising you meets the Board’s requirements as a supervisor AND they provide you with the level of supervision required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.

Do I need to complete Rowan University’s Specialization in Behavioral Services for Children and their Families to become certified as a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA)?

No. Three of the five courses (Research in Learning and Behaviorism, Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Assessment & Methodology) fulfill the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. coursework requirement. In addition, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. also requires a specified number of clinical hours supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Once you complete the coursework and the supervised hours, you then apply to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. to take the certification test.

How do I apply to become certified as a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA)?

Once you complete the coursework and the supervised hours, you then apply to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. to take the certification test. You will need to submit the Course Content Verification Form for your application. We strongly encourage you to contact us as soon as possible after you decide that you are interested in pursuing board certification. The requirements for coursework and supervision have changed several times in the past and continue to change in the future. Depending on when you took courses, they may not be approved by the BACB, Inc.

What is on the certification exam?

The exam covers a delineated task list upon which you will be tested. There are several test preparation materials available (see Behavior Development Solutions for one example).



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