Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
The Department offers a program that allows students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs®). For this, they (a) take 315 content hours in areas such as basic principles, research design, assessment, application and ethics in 8 courses pre-approved by the BACB®; (b) complete 1500-2000 hours of field experience supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (e.g., faculty member, doctoral student); and (c) complete the Master’s degree program. They may then take the examination. Students interested in pursuing this certification should discuss this path with their advisor. Students interested in pursuing this certification should speak with Dr. DiGennaro Reed, who coordinates course requirements for the Department.
Pass-rate data for our program are available for reference.
The MA program helps meet the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license or certification in your home state or territory. The Association of Professional Behavior Analysis provides resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas.
Graduate Certificate in Community Health and Development
The Department of Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) has established a one-year Certificate Program in Community Health and Development. The certificate program offers advanced training and University-based certification to those involved in building healthy communities. The focus is on training in core aspects of community work—from community assessment and strategic planning to intervention, evaluation, and sustainability.