What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?

The science of Applied Behavior Analysis employs strategies derived from behavioral principles to change socially significant behavior. Repeated measures are collected to verify the strategies responsible for behavior change. Tactics derived from Applied Behavior Analysis have been applied to a wide range of issues, and today are recognized by both the U.S. Surgeon General and Maine’s own MADSEC as effective in improving skills and independence of children with autism.

Why Is Certification As A Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Valuable?

Autism is now diagnosed at a rate of 1 in every 88 births. With this increased prevalence, there is an increased need for practitioners who are trained to provide services to those who have been diagnosed. Certification provides assurance of professional competence of practitioners who provide behaviorally-based services.

Who Should Take These Courses?

These courses have been developed principally for special educators, but others who work with children with autism or other disabilities will also benefit.

What are the New Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Certification Requirements?

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has announced changes to the course requirements for individuals interested in becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Beginning with the first exam in 2015, students must have completed 180 hours of graduate coursework. To address these changes, UMF plans to offer a 4-course series of the required BCaBA coursework. Completion of the 4-course series will provide the 180 hours of required coursework. Therefore:

  • Beginning in January 2014, to sit for the BCaBA exam, you will be required to:
    • Complete the following four (4) courses:
      • SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (tentatively scheduled to be offered in Spring 2016)
      • SED 526 Behavior Analysis & Scientific Assessment (tentatively scheduled to be offered in Fall 2014)
      • SED 527 Applying Behavior Analysis: Methods of instruction and behavioral support (tentatively scheduled to be offered in Spring 2015)
      • SED 528 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, intervention, systems support, and ethical considerations (tentatively scheduled to be offered in Fall 2015)
    • Obtain the required supervision simultaneously
      • With the course work (but not before you begin the first course) and
      • Be working in a setting where you are, or will be, using applied behavior analysis.

Please visit the BACB.com website for more information, including information on supervision (http://www.bacb.com/index.php?page=69) and testing (http://www.bacb.com/index.php?page=64).

How do I enroll in a course?

The registration period for Fall 2014 begins on April 15, 2014. If you have not yet taken SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, you will need permission the instructor to register for this course. Please provide your contact information to us, and we will send you a course registration form in April, 2014 for the Fall 2014 course, SED 526 Behavior Analysis and the Scientific Assessment of Learning.

Please notify us at 778-7502 or educationaloutreach@maine.edu if you are interested in joining the next cohort.