Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program

Welcome to the Center for Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA) and the Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis!

Are you interested in becoming a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)? Do you want to learn effective strategies that will make a difference to children and adults who can benefit from behavior analysis? Then the Esteves School of Education's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is for you.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the only effective treatment of autism. With the rise in incidence of autism, and the many challenges faced by these individuals and their families, there is a crucial need for well-trained, competent professionals in the field of ABA. The Sage Colleges Center for Applied Behavior Analysis offers a Certificate program appropriate for professionals who wish to further their education in ABA, and to sit for the Board Certification exam in behavior analysis. The Certificate program is appropriate for a professional who already possesses a Masters degree (or higher) in a related field, such as education, speech pathology, or psychology.

The Certificate program provides students with the necessary coursework and practicum experience needed to take the certification exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The six theory courses are presented in an entirely on-line format, which allows for multi-media, interactive presentation of material. Students are actively engaged in their learning process, and can participate in the program from anywhere in the world, on their own time. Each student receives a highly personalized interactive experience with his/her professors, as well as the opportunity to interact with other students from many different geographic areas.

Within the practicum course sequence, students apply the principles of ABA with real clients, under the dual supervision of their on-site supervisor and their course professor. Sages CABA programs are unique among other university-level programs in that they provide for all preparation and requirements for students to take the BCBA exam, rather than just providing academic coursework. If students do not have local BCBA professionals available to supervise them, Sage will provide a distance supervisor. A non-practicum track option is also available to those who would prefer to complete independent fieldwork.

Applied behavior analysis is not only a treatment for autism, but an effective framework for teaching in general. Our professors and adjuncts are all behavior analysts who enjoy using our technology to teach students at every level. Our programs are broadly focused on training professionals in the best, evidence-based practices, while individualizing each students educational experience to maximize his/her experience of the program.

Your studies will combine two tracks, plus the optional supervised practice. You will thoroughly study Applied Behavior Analysis, both the conceptual underpinnings as well as the skills necessary to effect behavioral change. You will learn strategies for defining and assessing behaviors, development of instructional goals that are measurable, antecedent strategies to promote learning, use of consequences to effect positive change, and rules for determining success and mastery. You will learn the procedures and strategies for dealing with language development, abnormal behavioral patterns, and socialization issues. Your application of these skills will be evaluated in clinical settings where you will be working with persons with autism and other disorders.

Those who complete the practicum-track Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis are eligible to take the national examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

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Quick Facts

  • The ABA Certificate program coursework is 100% online
  • The ABA Certificate program accepts students to begin in the spring and fall semesters. Completed applications and all supporting materials are due by the posted deadlines. Please visit our Admissions page for further information.
  • Those who complete the Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis (practicum track) are eligible to take the national examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Students who complete the non-practicum track program will be eligible to take the BCBA exam after completing independent fieldwork outside of Sage.
  • The ABA Certificate program is lock step. This means that each student is expected to complete the coursework and the practica at the pace that is described in the ABA Certificate Program of Study. Programs include summer semesters.
  • Students who do not possess a masters degree and are interested in board certification as a Behavior Analyst, may choose to complete The Sage Colleges Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Masters Program, and receive a recommendation to take the examination that leads to BCBA certification.

Notice to Applicants & Candidates

Services restricted to New York State licensed professionals, including licensed psychologists, cannot be rendered by program students or graduates unless: (a) they are licensed in New York State to provide such services, or (b) they provide those services in an exempt setting as salaried employees.

Due to the recent re-writing of the APA practice act, now only psychologists can do "behavior analysis" type of activities: modifying behavior, conducting behavior analysis, etc. In New York, the New York psychologists have adopted this practice act, therefore, only licensed psychologists can do behavior analytic practice, unless one works in a school, clinic, hospital, and similar institutions. The New York State Education Department, which approves all graduate programs, requires this disclaimer in our materials. If your state does not adhere to this new definition of psychological practice, then this disclaimer will have no functional relevance to you.