Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

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The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions (BACB, 2017).

To become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete and acceptable graduate degree from an accredited university
  2. Complete coursework from a BACB Verified Course Sequence
  3. Complete supervised field experience and
  4. Pass the BCBA exam

UNLV is pleased to offer the BCBA Verified Course Sequence that is housed within our Masters of Special Education degree. Interested candidates have the option to complete the following courses as a masters degree seeking student or a non-degree seeking student.

UNLV's Verified Course Sequence are aligned with the BACB 4th edition task list and include the following courses:

  • ESP 712 Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ESP 715 Communication Program for Persons with Severe Disabilities
  • ESP 735 Advanced Behavior Management
  • ESP 739 Advanced Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ESP 762 Ethical Evaluation of Programs for Persons with Exceptionalities/Special Needs
  • ESP 763N Seminars in Selected Special Education Topics: Single Case Research

Apply through the UNLV Graduate College.

For more information about the Behavior Analyst Certification please visit https://bacb.com/bcba/


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I register for courses?
A: Once you apply to be admitted either as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student, you will be able to enroll in the BCBA coursework.
Q: When are courses offered?
A: Some of our courses are offered in a modular format (Thursday night from 7-9:45, Friday from 5:00-9:00 and Saturday from 8:00-5:00) and some are offered in a traditional one evening a week format. 3 of the courses are only offered during the summer session.
Q: Are any of the BCBA courses online?
A: At this time all of our classes are offered in the face to face format.
Q: I already have a masters degree. After I complete the 6 courses, will I be able to get my BCBA certificate?
A: Your masters degree must be in a related field such as special education or psychology. If you are unsure, contact the Behavior Analyst Certification Board directly. In addition to the masters degree and 6 classes, you will need 1500 hours of independent supervised fieldwork.
Q: How do I find a supervisor?
A: Most of our students receive supervision through their current job placement. For people not currently working in the field, the BACB lists people who are eligible to become field supervisors. You can find that list on bacb.com.
Q: If I took courses from a Verified Course Sequence at another institution can these count toward my BCBA certification.
A: It can be done but it gets a little trickier. Each Verified Course Sequence aligns their course content to the BACB requirements (task list) in a unique way. In order for courses to transfer, the candidate has to show they have instruction for at least the required number of hours in each BACB content area. The good news is that the BACB has resources to help you figure out whether or not this will work for you. By visiting the following website you will be able to click on the institution where coursework was completed and then retrieve the verified content hours. Use this as compared to UNLV to plan your next steps.

Have additional questions? Contact:

Cori More, Ph.D.
Email: cori.more@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-3271
Office: CEB 123

Josh Baker, Ph.D.
Email: josh.baker@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-3238
Office: CEB 148