Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Certification Program only)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Certification Program only)

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The purpose of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification Program is to offer coursework required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) necessary for certification as a behavior analyst
The program prepares future behavior analysts to be competent, ethical and professional in working with persons with disabilities, their families, and other professionals.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

    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 in any field from  a  regionally  accredited  institution.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Submission of three letters of recommendation.

    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. Cheryl Fielding

    Phone: (956)665-3404

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EEDUC 1.626

    E-Mail: cheryl.fielding@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall semester.

  • Tuition Estimate

    Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
    Texas Resident $1,359.29 $3,563.87 $7,127.74
    Non-Resident/International $2,625.29 $7,361.87 $14,723.74


    *We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

  • Course Requirements

     
    Required Courses 18
    EPSY 6361: ABA 1: Philosophical Underpinnings, Concepts and Principles 3
    EPSY 6362: ABA 2: BACB Compliance Code, Disciplinary Systems, Ethical and Professional Conduct 3
    EPSY 6363: ABA 3: Measurement, Data Display, Interpretation and Experimental Design 3
    EPSY 6364: ABA 4: Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change and Specific Behavior‐Change Procedures 3
    EPSY 6365: ABA 5: Identification of the Problem, Behavior Assessment, Intervention and Behavior Change Considerations 3
    EPSY 6366: ABA 6: Behavior Change Systems, Implementation, Management and Personnel Supervision 3
     
    Total Hours required for completion 18

    Course Descriptions

    EPSY 6361: ABA 1: Philosophical Underpinnings, Concepts and Principles               [3‐0]

    This course is the first of six courses designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved course sequence. This course covers the information from the BACB Foundational Knowledge List that accompanies the Fourth Edition Task List. Foundational Knowledge included concepts that should have been mastered prior to entering practice as a behavior analyst. The topics covered are not tasks that a practitioner would perform; instead they are basic concepts that must be understood in order for a practitioner to carry out the tasks of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Content includes introduction to the conceptual and historical foundations of applied behavior analysis, in depth review of scientific and philosophical underpinnings of the discipline, and basic concepts and terminology.

    EPSY 6362: ABA 2: BACB Compliance Code, Disciplinary Systems, Ethical and Professional                                                              Conduct                               [3‐0]

    This course is the second of six courses designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved course sequence. This course covers the content of the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. The Code includes 10 sections relevant to professional and ethical behavior of behavior analysts, along with a glossary of terms. All BCBA applicants and certificants are required to adhere to the Code. The Code outlines the behavior analyst’s responsible conduct, responsibility to clients, colleagues, the profession of behavior analysts, and the BACB. It also provides guidelines for assessing behavior, developing behavior change programs, making public statements, and conducting research. Further, the Code outlines the behavior analyst’s role as a supervisor. The many guidelines presented in this document directly guide the professional and ethical decisions made by behavior analysts in the field. Assignments require students to know, understand, apply, make judgments and defend judgments using the content of the Code.

    EPSY 6363: ABA3: Measurement, Data Display, Interpretation and Experimental Design           [3‐0]

    This course is the third of six courses designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved course sequence. The content of this course comes from the BACB Fourth Edition Task List, Section I (Basic Behavior‐Analytic Skills), subsections A‐Measurement and BExperimental Design. Section I includes tasks that a practicing behavior analyst will perform with some, but probably not all clients. These tasks represent basic, commonly used skills and procedures. The content of this course also comes from Section II of the Task List (Client‐Centered Responsibilities), subsection H‐Measurement. This section includes tasks related to working with all clients and they should apply in most applied situations. Specific concepts covered include: measurable dimensions of behavior; construction and interpretation of graphic displays of behavioral data; in‐depth review of various research designs; schedules of observation and recording periods, evaluation of client progress based on review of visual representation of behavior.

    EPSY 6364: ABA 4: Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change and Specific ‐                                                                             Behavior Change Procedures                                   [3‐0]

    This course is the fourth of six courses designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved course sequence. The content of this course comes from the BACB Fourth Edition Task List, Section I (Basic Behavior‐Analytic Skills), subsection D (Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change) and subsection E (Specific Behavior‐Change Procedures). The presentation of the content of this course is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills of behavioral interventions designed for both skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction. Considerations of ethical, social, and cultural variables affecting the selection and effectiveness of intervention strategies are also included. Assignments in this course provide opportunities for students to demonstrate skills as well as to critically evaluate various intervention procedures and identify opportunities to promote generalization and maintenance of treatment outcomes.

    EPSY 6365: ABA 5: Identification of the Problem, Behavior Assessment, Intervention and                                         Behavior Change Considerations                                 [3‐0]

    This course is the fifth of six courses designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved course sequence. The content of this course comes from the BACB Fourth Edition Task List, Section I (Basic Behavior‐Analytic Skills), subsection C (Behavior‐Change Considerations) and Section II (Client‐Centered Responsibilities), subsection G (Identification of the Problem) and subsection I (Assessment). The presentation of the content of this course is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills of how to identify problem behavior, collect data, analyze and manipulate variables, and make recommendations for behavior that must be established, maintained, increased or decreased. Additionally, this course addresses planning for possible unwanted effects of interventions. Assignments in this course provide opportunities for students to demonstrate skills as well as to critically evaluate various intervention procedures and identify opportunities to promote generalization and maintenance of treatment outcomes.

    EPSY 6366: ABA 6: Behavior Change Systems, Implementation, Management and                                          Personnel Supervision                                [3‐0]

    This course is the sixth of six courses designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved course sequence. The content of this course comes from the BACB Fourth Edition Task List, Section I (Basic Behavior‐Analytic Skills), subsection F (Behavior‐Change Considerations) and Section II (Client‐Centered Responsibilities), subsection G (Identification of the Problem) and subsection K (Implementation, Management and Supervision). The presentation of the content of this course is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills of how behavior‐change systems such as token economies, direct instruction, functional communication, among others. Additionally, this course addresses program level issues such as, but not limited to, the overall implementation of behavior‐change programs including appropriate on‐going documentation, overseeing programs implemented by various levels of staff, program evaluation, performance monitoring, and orderly termination of services.

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