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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Board Certified Behavioral Analyst Certificate Program (BCBA)

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Contact Information

Program Director: Melinda Docter

Assistant Director: Catherine M. Foote

Academic Advisor: Terri Taylor


The curriculum for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certificate Program (BCBA) will follow the guidelines established by the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB) as outlined in the BACB’s Fourth Edition Task List and Course Content Allocation documents. There is a significant need in the schools for well-trained and properly certified individuals to work with students with challenging behaviors (e.g., students with autism). Individuals who are certified at the BCBA level are practitioners who provide behavior management services, at home and at school, to students, families, and schools. The LMU-BCBA is a 3-term (12-month long), 6-course graduate-level certification program in behavior analysis. While this program provides the preparation to take the BCBA National Exam and receive your BCBA, you will need to fulfill 1,500 clinical hours prior to the exam to fulfill the Behavior Analysis Certification Board’s (BACB) requirements to sit for the exam; therefore you will not receive a BCBA at the completion of this course sequence unless you complete the additional requirements identified by the BACB. The program faculty hold current BCBA certification. This is a fully online program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation attesting to academic and personal qualifications
  • 2 sealed, Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Master’s degree in either Education, Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis and conferral from am accredited institution must be verified on transcript
  • Technology Form
  • Statement of Intent addressing:
    • Background and interest in the field;
    • Previous work experience with students and adults with behavior challenges, including but not limited to, those with a diagnosis of ASD;
    • An understanding and the implicit agreement with the LMU Mission Statement and SOE Conceptual Framework (REAL)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 graduate-level courses
  • For applicants who completed a graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL (100 minimum score) or IELTS (7 minimum score)

Degree Requirements

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