Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Certificate)

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The BCBA certificate is for students who wish to pursue credentialing as Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Note that this is an INTERNATIONAL certification and is independent of the Texas practitioner licenses. BCBA certification requires passing a national exam that is administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. The certificate course sequence offered at UTRGV has received approval from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. so graduates who complete the certificate will be eligible to sit for the exam. Sitting the exam also requires having a Master’s Degree but not necessarily in psychology.

The BCBA certificate can be taken independently or in conjunction with the clinical or experimental psychology Master’s degree. It is a 24 credit course sequence. If taken in conjunction with the clinical psychology degree, the total number of credits required to complete both is 69. If taken in conjunction with the experimental psychology degree the total number of credits required to complete both is 36.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.
     

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a master's degree program in Psychology or Education.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources.
    • Personal  Statement  detailing  reasons  for  pursuing  the  graduate certificate and professional goals.
    • Signed Acknowledgement Form provided by the program.
    • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Jason Popan

    Phone:(956) 665-7879

    Office: Edinburg Campus, LABN 358A

    E-Mail:jason.popan@utrgv.edu

     

  • Deadlines

    Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
    Application Deadline: March 31 N/A N/A N/A
     

    Note: Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.

     

  • Course Requirements

    Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a master’s degree program in Psychology or Education. The certificate can be added on to the M.A. in Clinical Psychology degree plan for a total of 63 hours or used as electives in the M.A. Experimental psychology degree plan.

     
    Required Courses 15
    (when the certificate is added to a psychology degree plan)
    PSYC 6174: Special Topics in Psychology: Journal and BCBA Review 1
    PSYC 6274: Special Topics in Psychology: Journal and BCBA Review 2
    PSYC 6315: Applied Behavior Analysis 3
    PSYC 6334: Single Subject Designs 3
    PSYC 6350: Behavioral Assessment 3
    PSYC 6362: Contemporary Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis 3
     
    Required Courses 18
    (when the certificate is a stand‐ alone)
    PSYC 6174: Special Topics in Psychology: Journal and BCBA Review 1
    PSYC 6274: Special Topics in Psychology: Journal and BCBA Review 2
    PSYC 6315: Applied Behavior Analysis 3
    PSYC 6325: Conditioning and Learning 3
    PSYC 6334: Single Subject Designs 3
    PSYC 6350: Behavioral Assessment 3
    PSYC 6362: Contemporary Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis 3
     

    Course Descriptions

    PSYC 6174: Special Topics in Psychology: Journal and BCBA Review               [1‐0]

    This course is designed to monitor progress of students in the BCBA concentration of the M.A. Experimental Psychology program and to provide a format to review recent literature in Applied Behavior Analysis.

    PSYC 6274: Special Topics in Psychology: Journal and BCBA Review              [2‐0]

    This course is designed to monitor progress of students in the BCBA concentration of the M.A., Experimental Psychology program, and to provide a format to review recent literature in Applied Behavior Analysis.

    PSYC 6315: Applied Behavior Analysis              [3‐0]

    Principles and techniques of modifying behaviors across therapeutic, institutional, and natural settings. Following a review of behavioral principles and functional analysis, practical, educational, and clinical aspects of behavior interventions will be emphasized.

    Prerequisites: PSYC 3405, PSYC 4318, PSYC 6325, or with consent of instructor.

    PSYC 6325: Conditioning and Learning              [3‐0]

    A study of the principles of laws of respondent and operant conditioning in determining behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the experimental analysis of behavior with attention to other learning theories that have been extensively studied in the laboratory and productively applied to problems of human behavior.

    Prerequisites: PSYC 3405, PSYC 4318, PSYC 6325 or with consent of instructor.

    PSYC 6334: Single Subject Designs              [3‐0]

    A comprehensive examination of single‐subject designs and methods used to evaluate behavior change as a unique strategy in the experimental analysis of behavior and applied behavior analysis.

    PSYC 6350: Behavioral Assessment              [3‐0]

    Theory and methods of the behavioral measurement and assessment of individuals and systems with an emphasis on direct observation of overt behavior, environmental assessment, functional analysis, task analysis, needs assessment, experimental analysis of behavior, program monitoring, and evaluation.

    Prerequisites: PSYC 3405, PSYC 4318, or with consent of instructor.

    PSYC 6362: Contemporary Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis              [3‐0]

    Mastering principles in the practice of professional psychology according to the ethical standards established by the American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association with attention to related legal issues as well as the specific guidelines for responsible conduct and disciplinary standards as articulated by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board.

    Prerequisites: PSYC 3405, PSYC 4318, or with consent of instructor.