Jan 22, 2022  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Board Certified Behavioral Analyst Certificate Program (BCBA)


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Contact Information


Program Director: Melinda Docter

Associate Director: Catherine M. Foote

Introduction/Overview


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 and Fifth Edition Task Lists 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 4-term (18-month long), 7-course graduate-level certification program in behavior analysis. This has increased from 6 to 7 courses to comply with the new BACB requirements implemented for January 2022. While this program provides the preparation to take the BCBA National Exam and receive your BCBA, you will need to fulfill 1,500 (2,000 if you apply for the exam after January 2022) 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.

Program Outcomes


As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Identify and apply principles and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Conduct and analyze a Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Design behavior intervention strategies and behavior change programs based on theoretical foundations and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Functional Behavior Analysis data
  • Evaluate behavior intervention strategies and behavior change programs based on theoretical foundations and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Understand limitations of behavior intervention strategies and behavior change programs based on theoretical foundations and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Identify ethical challenges in behavior analytic application and apply to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) Ethical Code of Conduct to those situations

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 an 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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