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Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program

 Program Information

As part of the Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium (VA-ABA) with George Mason University, Lynchburg College and Virginia Commonwealth University, ODU is pleased to offer an 18 credit sequence of courses leading to a post-masters certificate in applied behavior analysis (ABA).  The VA-ABA Consortium is comprised of four universities: George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Old Dominion University has opted to join the VA-ABA Consortium to help in meeting Virginia staffing needs for ABA-certified teachers. The Consortium's primary goal is to provide teachers with instruction in applied behavior analysis that will broaden the range of empirically-supported teaching methodologies that they effectively use to meet the academic, social, and behavioral learning needs of diverse students. The Consortium's secondary goal is to provide teachers with the educational and experiential requirements needed for them to sit for the national Behavior Analyst Certification Examination.

This program will be offered in a cohort model with a group of qualified students admitted each summer.  Course work will be delivered via distance learning modalities from participating universities. With continuous enrollment in this intensive program, course work can be completed within thirteen months. For additional background information about BCBA certification can be viewed the GMU website.

Program Requirements

Entrance Requirements:

Possession of a minimum of a master's degree from an accredited university (see below) 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. Masters degrees must be conferred by:

A United States institution  of  higher education listed  in the  CHEA Database of  Institutions and  Programs  Accredited  by  Recognized  U.S. Accrediting Organizations;

OR

A Canadian institution of higher education that  is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada or  the  Association  of  Canadian Community Colleges;

OR

An institution of higher education located  outside the  United States or Canada that, at  the  time the applicant was  enrolled  and  at  the time  the  applicant graduated, maintained a standard of  training equivalent to  the  standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States as demonstrated by World  Education Services or by a member  of the National  Association  of Credential Evaluation Services (BACB.com, 2013).

Coursework:

Courses required to complete the ODU Applied Behavioral Analysis certificate program include the following courses. Total hours required: 18 hours of coursework as follows

SPED 640. Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite:  Admission to applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program. This course focuses on basic principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis; identification of factors that contribute to behavioral problems and improved performance; and procedures that can be used to minimize behavioral problems, improve performance, teach new behaviors, and increase probability of behaviors occurring under appropriate circumstances.

SPED 641. Applied Behavior Analysis: Empirical Bases. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: Admission to applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program. Co/Prerequisite:  Completion of SPED 640 Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures and Philosophy or consent of the instructor. This course focuses on basic content of applied behavior analysis.  This course teaches how to implement behavioral procedures and develop behavioral programs for clients with fundamental behavioral needs.

SPED 642. Ethics and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite:  Admission to applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program and completion of SPED 640 Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures and Philosophy or consent of the instructor. This course provides a basis in Virginia Behavior Analyst Licensure law, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Guidelines for Responsible Conduct and Disciplinary Standards, and professional conduct consistent with the practice of applied behavior analysis.

SPED 643. Applied Behavior Analysis:  Assessments and Interventions. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite:  Admission to applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program and completion of SPED 640 Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures and Philosophy or consent of the instructor. This course further expands on basic content of applied behavior analysis and teaches how to implement behavioral procedures and develop behavioral programs for clients with fundamental behavioral needs.

SPED 644. Applied Behavior Analysis:  Applications. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite:  Completion of SPED 640 Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures and Philosophy; SPED 641 Applied Behavior Analysis: Empirical Bases; and SPED 643 Applied Behavior Analysis:  Assessments and Interventions (SPED 643 may be taken as a co-requisite) or consent of the instructor. This course expands capability to deal with more complex behavioral situations, enabling ability to relate to more sophisticated professional issues and environments.

SPED 645. Applied Behavior Analysis: Verbal Behavior. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite:  Admission to applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program and completion of SPED 643 Applied Behavior Analysis:  Assessments and Interventions. This course further expands capability to deal with more complex behavioral situations, and enables students to relate to more sophisticated professional issues and environments.

SPED 769. Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis.  3, 6 Credits. This course may be taken as an elective for students who complete the ODU ABA certificate program and wish to complete the 15 total required practicum credit hours to sit for the National ABA Board Examination. Course can be repeated up to 5 times. Deadline for Summer 15 is March 2, 2015: application.

Program Application Process

Please review the admissions checklist (pdf) and direct the program application (pdf) to: Dr. Laura Chezan; 110 Child Study Center; Old Dominion University; Norfolk, VA 23529.