The formalization of graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis is a result of increased demand for professionals trained to work effectively with autism and developmental disabilities.
Applied Behavior Analysis provides an approach for developing, implementing and evaluating practical strategies to produce changes in socially significant behaviors of individuals in a variety of contexts.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board set the professional credential for the post-master’s certification in behavior analysis. Upon completion of a master’s degree, including the six courses in the program, the student is qualified to take the BCBA exam and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst is an independent practitioner who also may work as an employee or independent contractor for an organization. The BCBA conducts descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results. The BCBA designs and supervises behavior analytic interventions and is able to effectively develop and implement appropriate assessment and intervention methods for use in a range of cases. The BCBA may teach and supervise others in carrying out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs.