Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®)
Verified Course Sequence
Typical Length 1 year
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 ABAI, not UH Mānoa. Individuals who practice applied behavior analysis with the BCaBA® credential are required to be supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® or a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. 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.abainternational.org/
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
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.
To be eligible as an unclassified student to take the BCaBA®-Track coursework, 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. Candidates must apply through Outreach College after receiving approval to start coursework by the ABA program coordinator (Dr. Jennifer Ninci, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Enrollment in BCaBA®-Track coursework can begin prior to any semester (Spring, Summer, Fall), based on course availability. To receive information on course availability and share intent to start coursework, candidates must contact the ABA program coordinator (Dr. Jennifer Ninci, email@example.com) directly.
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 (12 credits):
- Approximately $6,540 (RESIDENT/NONRESIDENT)
University Practicum options may also be available for an additional cost.
Candidates who are pursuing BCaBA®-Track coursework concurrently with their degree may seek out financial aid and/or scholarships, however no other known source of funding is available for unclassified students pursuing BCaBA®-Track coursework.
Those pursuing the BCaBA®-Track course sequence would complete a series of *4 courses:
- SPED 446: Introductory Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- SPED 462: Assessment, Planning, & Instruction – Severe/Autism
- SPED 603: Principles of Behavior
- SPED 671: Advanced Behavior Analysis (Prerequisite: SPED 603)
Each course is 3-credits, however two courses are offered at the undergraduate level and two courses are graduate level coursework.
These courses may be taken as part 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.
*Current coursework is aligned with the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List. Coursework requirements will change with the transition to the 5th Edition Task (anticipated to begin Fall 2020). The course sequence will include five courses at that time. More detailed information will be updated as soon as it is finalized.
Candidates may not begin accumulating experience hours until they have started the BCaBA® coursework. 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 gain hours from a combination of fieldwork options or a single option, however these options may not be pursued simultaneously. Options include:
- Supervised Independent Fieldwork
- Practicum (2 credits each for 3 semesters)
- Intensive Practicum (3 credits each for 2 semesters)
Candidates may contract independently with a BCBA/approved supervisor to acquire fieldwork supervision. Alternatively, UH Mānoa is approved by the BACB® to provide practicum or intensive practicum. Students who opt to pursue fieldwork through UH Mānoa must enroll in SPED 478 (ABA Fieldwork) for up to six additional credits. Practicum opportunities through UH Mānoa are only an option for candidates enrolled in coursework and SPED 478 is subject to availability.