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  Jun 20, 2024
2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Chicago - Los Angeles - Online - San Diego

Program Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis is the ethical design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental changes to produce socially significant improvements in behavior.

The Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis develops mastery of the principles of behavior analysis and their application in clinical work and everyday life.

This program prepares students to become Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts® (BCaBAs®), which is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCaBA®  must be supervised by someone certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level, but BCaBAs can supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:


  • Recognize, understand and respect sociocultural, international and cognitive diversity, especially in regard to its impact on psychology.

Professional Behavior

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues that frame the practice of psychology.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories, empirical findings, and historical and current trends within the field of psychology.
  • Read analytically, write clearly, using the APA Style Manual, and speak articulately about the study of psychology.

  • Critically and creatively evaluate psychological concepts and research.

  • Design research projects using quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods.


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Admission Requirements

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Application to The Chicago School’s Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements.  Applicants will be judged on their overall academic ability. Factors that are considered in admission are:

  • GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission.
  • Successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree,
  • The admission essay, and
  • A letter of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors. 

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications. A $50.00 (USD) application fee is required for application processing.

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission and in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. 


The program contains three credits of field-based clinical training (practicum training, see for supervision requirements) held at approved sites. Students registered in practicum incur a one-time $195 Experiential Learning Technology Fee.

The Curriculum

Required Core: 17 credit hours

Optional Practicum: 3 credit hours

Program total: 17 credit hours, 20 credit hours with optional practicum

Required Core

Optional Practicum (On Ground)

Optional Practicum (Online)

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