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Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis: BCBA Coursework Preparation
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Currently, there is a critical shortage of skilled early intervention professionals worldwide. To fill this need, and to assure that these professionals have acquired the most relevant skills, the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB) has carefully established rigorous guidelines for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA). Having this credential has become the standard for early behavioral intervention specialists.
UMass Lowell's award-winning Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program has been fully approved by the BACB to fulfill the specific coursework requirements necessary to become eligible for taking the BCBA exam. In fact, based on recent data published by the BACB, UMass Lowell has one of the highest BCBA exam pass rates nationally for online graduate programs in behavior analysis.
Students are not only prepared to take the BACB certification exam - they also attain the knowledge necessary for practica and field experiences using behavior analysis. UMass Lowell's online courses are highly interactive with lots of exercises, assessments, discussions, and feedback with plenty of opportunities for in-depth interaction with the instructors. Since 2005, over 600 students have completed UMass Lowell's program, have successfully passed the exam, and have found meaningful employment in a variety of agencies all over the world.
Note: You do not have to be accepted into the certificate program prior to registering for your first course. However, students pursuing BACB certification need to apply for the certificate before taking their 3rd course.
For information regarding additional graduate autism programs offered by UMass Lowell, please visit https://gps.uml.edu/online/autism_programs.cfm
Students wishing to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the BACB, must apply for and be accepted into the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program and successfully complete the indicated coursework. In addition to the coursework requirements, BACB has other requirements to sit for their BCBA Certification Exam. Please check the BACB website regularly as their requirements change periodically.
For more information on the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program with BCBA Coursework Preparation, call 978-934-2240 or email AutismCertificate@uml.edu.
- Required Courses: 6
Students wishing to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through the BACB must apply for and be accepted into the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program and successfully complete the indicated coursework.
Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs through UMass Lowell must complete all courses indicated in the curriculum outline. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace by registering for and successfully completing one or more courses each semester, depending upon his/her personal time constraints. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no more than one course grade below B to receive the certificate.
Online courses meet 10 to 14 weeks each semester during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters (see Academic Calendar for details). Online students generally log into their online course website one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. Online students should expect to spend 6 to 10 hours per week engaged in course-related activities for each course. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page .
Graduate certificate courses must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and no more than one course with a grade below B. Once all courses for a graduate certificate have been completed, students must complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form. Please submit your completed form to: UMass Lowell Registrar's Office, 220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA 01854-5129. Forms can also be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMass Lowell has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to online class discussions.
We are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24x7, and our academic advisors are here to help every step of the way.
Prerequisite: coursework in the psychology of child development, or permission. CSCE Graduate Restrictions.
PSYC.5610 Pre or Co-req
PSYC.5610 Pre or Co-req
ASPP 5650 or ASPP 5660 Pre-req
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Tuition for UMass Lowell Online & Continuing Education students is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.
Spring 2020 Tuition
|Per Credit / Contact Hour|
|Undergraduate Face-to-Face Courses and Audit||$340.00|
|Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit)||$380.00|
|Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit||$385.00|
|Graduate Online and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Online, MBA in Haverhill, Master's in Information Technology, Master's in Engineering Management, and Education Courses)||$575.00|
|Manning School of Business* Graduate Online Courses||$655.00|
|MBA Graduate Courses in Haverhill||$655.00|
|Master's in Information Technology and Master's in Engineering Management** Online Courses||$590.00|
|Graduate Education Online Courses||$470.00|
*Applies to courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST, POMS offered through the Manning School of Business
**Applies to courses with the following prefixes: CHEN, CIVE, EECE, MECH, PLAS offered through the Francis College of Engineering
|Registration Fee per Term (nonrefundable)||$30.00|
|Late Fee for Nonpayment||$50.00|
|Fee for Undergraduate Degree Application||$60.00|
|Fee for Graduate Degree Application||$50.00|
The total cost for required textbooks for students accepted into this program will be $600–$800 (depending on whether you buy books new or used). In addition, students will need to purchase a license for access to a video library and a digital textbook for a one-time fee of $100–$200.
Please note: Most of these costs will be incurred up front, when students enroll in their first course. Students will, however, continue to use the basic textbook, the digital textbook and the modules in all subsequent courses as they progress through the program.
You can take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.
For more information, please visit our Registration Page.
UMass Lowell Graduate Certificate Programs provide knowledge and expertise that are vital in today's rapidly changing workplace. In many cases, graduate certificate courses may be applied toward a master's degree at UMass Lowell. Most graduate certificates consist of four courses, for a total of 12 graduate credits. This is a great way to earn a graduate-level credential on the way to earning your master's.
Holders of an appropriate bachelor's degree
Application Fee is $50.00 for all applicants. NO Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs. Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Students who complete a graduate certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better in a UMass Lowell graduate certificate program may be able to waive the GRE when applying to a related master's degree. Graduate Certificate Programs must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and with not more than one course with a grade below B. Courses completed for one certificate may not be used for other certificates. Once you have completed all of the courses required for your certificate, please complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form.
Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before they have formally applied into the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Please see our How to Apply page for additional information. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723.
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!