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Online - Chicago - Washington D.C.
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis develops mastery of applied behavior analysis principles. Applied Behavior Analysis is the ethical design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental changes to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. This program meets the academic coursework requirements to qualify to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA). The seven required courses comprise a course sequence that is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®.
Students are not required to complete their supervision with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to receive the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis; however, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® requires the BCBA® Supervised Experience requirement to be completed prior to sitting for the BCBA® certification exam.
Upon completion of this certificate program students will be able to:
- evaluate the impact of diversity issues on individuals and society and demonstrate sensitivity and competence while working with diverse populations.
- evaluate and resolve ethical dilemmas in accordance with behavior-analytic and psychological ethical guidelines.
- establish rapport and communicate effectively with clients, stakeholders, and other professionals.
- analyze behavior, design interventions, and evaluate interventions, by applying basic behavioral principles and assessment techniques to effect socially significant behavior change.
- conduct behavior-analytic research and evaluate behavior-analytic and other psychological research effectively and ethically.
Applicants to the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis must possess a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution that was conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology. 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. It is recommended that students contact the BACB ® to confirm acceptance of their degree prior to beginning coursework. Applicants to this program should ensure their resume illustrates relevant work experience. A letter of reference, preferably from a supervisor or manager, is required. A practicum site approval form is also required from students seeking to complete Practicum supervision requirements through the program’s BACB® approved Practicum Experience.
In addition to the admission criteria, applicants to the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis must also have access to a computer that is less than three years old, a broadband internet connection, and the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook and, at minimum, the following computing skills:
- A comfort with basic Internet technology
- The ability to open and attach files from and to emails
- The ability to send and receive email
- The ability to save documents
TOEFL or IELTS, International Credentials, and International Students
TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your primary language, you must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application (TOEFL School Code: 7161). International students who received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution are exempt from this requirement. The minimum scores are: TOEFL - 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 79 internet based; IELTS - 6.5.
ELS Educational Services, Inc.: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a cooperative member of ELS Educational Services, Inc. which provides intensive English language programs. Students who have successfully completed ELS course 112 may be considered for admission in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS.
International credentials: Applicants with international credentials must obtain and submit an official “course-by-course” evaluation through an evaluation agency such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators Inc (www.ece.org). In addition to the agency evaluation, all official graduate and undergraduate transcripts must be submitted.
International students: International students must submit a completed application by the general consideration deadline. This will allow sufficient time to obtain the additional documentation required to study in the United States. In addition, once accepted, international students must submit the International Student Information form, a copy of their passport, and financial documentation showing sufficient funding for at least one year of study and all living expenses. This documentation must be submitted at least two months prior to the start of the semester in order to allow sufficient time for the school to issue an I-20 for the student to obtain an F-1 visa, if needed. An I-20 visa will not be issued without this documentation.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 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 of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions. Students accepted into the Certificate Program are required to submit the intent to enroll form and a $250 tuition deposit.
The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Transfer of Credit, Waiver of Courses, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Grading Scale, Grade Change Requests, Degree Completion, Degree Conferral, Minimum and Maximum Timeframe requirements, and Credit Hours per semester for Financial Aid. Information on the Academic Success Program is located under Student Life .
Academic Development Plans
An Academic Development Plan is initiated when a student demonstrates deficiencies in competencies that interfere with academic performance, training competence, and/or professional behavior. The initiation of an ADP does not constitute disciplinary action, but failure to complete the plan may lead to disciplinary action.
Student Learning Assessment
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is committed to offering the highest quality undergraduate completion program and graduate programs in applied professional disciplines. To meet TCSPP’s standard for academic quality, program learning outcomes are aligned with course learning outcomes and guide assessment. Data collected from the results of student assessment and the aggregation of these data will inform how students are progressing towards achieving program outcomes.
All academic programs report annual assessments of student learning and other indicators of program effectiveness as part of the Academic Program Review process.
The mission of the ABA Department at TCSPP is to provide state-of-the-art education and training in Applied Behavior Analysis that prepares graduates to be successful, committed, engaged scientist-practitioner colleagues who make a positive difference in our communities.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures and principles can facilitate remarkable progress and have improved quality of life for many people. In addition to being the foundational procedures for early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) in autism, ABA has been used to teach typically developing children to read, to improve safety, productivity, and employee satisfaction in organizations, to decrease problem behaviors such as tantrums, aggression or self-injury in a range of populations, to increase communication between people, to decrease symptoms in individuals with brain injuries and has reduced human misery and improved functioning and quality of life in many other areas. Behavior-analytic principles and procedures now address many diagnoses and are applicable to virtually any behavior. Because all ABA work is validated with data about its effectiveness, each clinician generates a data set, and tests what they do. As clinicians review their outcomes, they modify and test procedures to get the maximum beneficial results for their clients.
The goal of the ABA department is to facilitate this progress for many more people by training students to understand and implement behavior-analytic principles and procedures. This goal requires that the faculty measure students’ performance and ensure that students implement procedures correctly and ethically, and forward competent students to the next steps in the profession.
Ethics and Professional Behavior
Students are expected to learn and to follow the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis: International, and the Behavior Analysis Certification Board during and after their work at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. A class in ethics is required, and student adherence to ethical codes is evaluated both formally and informally.
Students may complete the BCBA® Supervised Practicum Experience required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® through TCSPP’s BACB® approved University Practicum option. This option requires fewer field experience hours than the Supervised Independent Fieldwork option. BCBA® Respecialization students must complete a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week of a combination of documented work implementing activities of applied behavior analysis plus supervision meetings to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®.
Applicants in the Online and on-ground programs are encouraged to gain experience in multiple sites and with multiple supervisors. See www.bacb.com for appropriate experience activities and for more information about practicum requirements.
Technical Requirements for Online Supervised Practicum Students
Students completing virtual supervision through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will enroll in one of the following series of online courses: EBC 500, EBC 520, EBC 540, EBC 560. To successfully participate, students must have these technical capabilities:
- A computer made in the last three years
- Broadband Internet connection
- A webcam, digital camera, or digital recorder capable of:
- Recording 24 frames per second (fps)
- Recording for 60 consecutive minutes
- Recording sound
- Focusing appropriate to collect student-client interaction
- A cable that connects the camera to the computer
- Software that converts the raw footage to a smaller file - Windows MovieMaker (PC) or iMovie (Mac)
Online practicum courses are not required to earn the Certificate, so students can choose to either complete their experience independently, or to enroll in the university practicum courses to meet the experience requirements to sit for the certification exam. An applicant may start accumulating Independent Supervised Experience hours after he or she has begun the coursework required to meet the BACB® requirements, but students of ABA Online at The Chicago School must have completed AB520 and AB550, and have either completed or be concurrently enrolled in AB547 in order to enroll in the Approved University Practicum. Students wishing to complete the Approved University Practicum option in the Online program must secure a practicum position at an approved site. Students must submit an application for site approval to the department for review and approval. Sites must meet BACB® criteria for approved activities and hours (see bacb.com). They then have two options. If the student has a supervisor holding the BCBA® credential on-site, and that supervisor is willing to provide individual BCBA® supervision to the student, the student must obtain and document that individual supervision and must also enroll in one additional 1-credit online course per term for five terms (Group Supervision). If the student does not have a supervisor on-site holding the BCBA® credential, the student must enroll in two additional 1-credit online courses per term for five terms (both Group and Individual Supervision). All students must complete a minimum of 10 hours per week (hours in excess of 30 hours per week will not count toward the practicum requirement) of documented work with clients plus individual and group supervision to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®.
Students in the on-ground program who wish to complete the Approved University Practicum option apply for a practicum position at an approved practicum site through the department’s Applied Professional Practice (APP) office, following procedures detailed in a Practicum Manual. Students complete up to four semesters (three 2-credit courses and one 1-credit course) of Practicum Seminar while accruing hours of Supervised Experience at their site. Similar to the requirement for the online students, an applicant may not start accumulating Supervised Experience hours until he or she has begun the coursework required to meet the BACB® coursework requirements. All students must complete a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 hours per week of documented work with clients plus individual and group supervision to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. Hours in excess of 30 hours per week will not count toward the practicum requirement per BACB® regulations.
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis coursework is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and meets the edcuational requirements necessary to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) exam. ABA curricula are periodically reevaluated by the BACB® and recertified.