Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®)
Verified Course Sequence
Typical Length 1 year
Beginning Fall 2020, all UH Mānoa ABA coursework is aligned to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) 5th Edition Task List requirements.
This program is for students who are interested in pursuing certification in behavior analysis at the undergraduate level. Candidates can pursue coursework while enrolled in, or after having completed, a bachelor degree program. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
BCaBA® Certification is a national certification, administered by the BACB®, not UH Mānoa. Individuals who practice applied behavior analysis with the BCaBA® credential are required to be supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) or a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA-D®). A BCaBA® may supervise the practice of Registered Behavior Technicians as well as others how implement applied behavior analysis interventions.
Candidates must stay aware of all current requirements and upcoming changed in requirements for certification: https://www.bacb.com
These programs are for those who are interested in pursuing certification in behavior analysis, including:
- Undergraduate students/graduates in any field
- Psychology majors
- Education majors
- Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT)
- Skills Trainers
- Special Education Teachers
- General Education Teachers
Candidates enrolled in the BCaBA®-track program will need access to employment or volunteer experiences in the field working directly with individuals warranting ABA supports to be able to carry out applied projects.
This program does NOT lead to initial teacher licensure.
There are many agencies across the nation that provide ABA services to individuals with disabilities. To see a listing of local agencies across our state, please refer to the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis website.
- Enrolled in*, or completed Bachelor’s Degree
To be eligible as an unclassified student to take the BCaBA®-Track Verified Course Sequence, candidates must be enrolled in, or have completed, a Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution. There is no minimum GPA requirement or formal application process necessary, however applicants must submit transcripts to the ABA program coordinator for review prior to beginning any coursework.
*For students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program, please consult with your advisor to determine how the two undergraduate level courses (SPED 446 and SPED 462) could potentially fit into your current plan of study. The remaining three graduate level courses may be taken during or after completion of your degree program.
Enrollment in the BCaBA®-Track can begin in summer or fall semesters, based on course availability.
To begin coursework, complete the Intent to Register Form and email transcripts to the ABA Program Coordinator (Dr. Jennifer Ninci, firstname.lastname@example.org). The program coordinator will then be in contact with you to share more information on course availability and how to register.
International students are currently unable to pursue our online or hybrid programs due to visa requirements, including for those who wish to pursue online courses from their home country. We are in the process of reviewing requirements and processes and will send out a notification of changes or updates regarding this issue to those who complete the “Request More Info” form. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Online, Synchronous Format
All courses in the BCaBA®-Track program are offered online and include synchronous online class sessions in the early evenings on weekdays, typically 4:30pm-7:00pm HST.
Tuition, see Outreach website for more info.
- BCaBA® – Track, Verified Course Sequence (15 credits, Based on 2020-2023 tuition rates)
- Undergraduate Tuition (6 credits, $471/credit) = $2,826
- Graduate Tuition (9 credits, $650/credit) = $5,850
- Total: Approximately $8,676 (RESIDENT/NONRESIDENT)
University fieldwork/supervision options may also be available for an additional cost (3 credits/semester, $471/credit).
Candidates who are pursuing the BCaBA®-Track concurrently with their degree may seek out financial aid and/or scholarships. For non-degree (unclassified) candidates, no other known source of funding is available for pursuing the BCaBA®-Track.
Those pursuing the BCaBA®-Track would complete a series of 5 courses (3 credits each):
- SPED 446: Introductory Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis (summer)
- SPED 462: Assessment, Planning, & Instruction – Severe/Autism (fall)
- SPED 603*: Principles of Behavior (fall or spring [spring recommended])
- SPED 630*: Positive Behavioral Support – Severe Disabilities and Autism (fall)
- SPED 632*: Language/Communication Intervention-Communication Disorders/Autism (fall)
*Graduate level coursework
Program typically takes 1.5 years to complete.
These courses may be taken as part of one’s degree/minor requirements or independently for those who already have a bachelor’s degree. According to the BACB®, candidates must pass approved courses with a C or higher to be eligible to sit for the examination.
Candidates may not begin accumulating experience hours until they have started the BCaBA®-Track. Candidates must earn the required number of hours within a span of 5 years. The candidate is responsible for gathering/maintaining evidence of their experience hours with their supervisor.
Candidates may acquire fieldwork supervision independently from university. Alternatively, UH Mānoa can provide ABA fieldwork through additional credits. Students who opt to pursue fieldwork through UH Mānoa must enroll in SPED 478 (ABA Fieldwork) for up to nine additional credits (3 semesters). Practicum opportunities through UH Mānoa are only an option for candidates enrolled in coursework and SPED 478 is subject to availability.