Your Future as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Starts Here
Currently, there is a critical shortage of skilled early intervention professionals worldwide. To fill this need, and to assure that these professionals acquire the most relevant skills, the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB) has carefully established rigorous guidelines for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA).
Developed in partnership with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center — a pioneer in research, education and service for people with developmental disabilities and their families, and a part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School — this certificate has been designed to provide professionals in psychology, education, child care and human services with an understanding of behavioral methods, and knowledge of how and where such methods can be used. Interested students should have a background in the psychology of child development.
The Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program not only prepares students for taking the BCBA certification exam — it also imparts the knowledge that is necessary for practica and field experiences using behavior analysis. UMass Lowell's highly interactive online courses include exercises, assessments, and the opportunity for discussions with and feedback from instructors. Since 2005, more than 600 students have completed UMass Lowell's program, successfully passed the exam, and found meaningful employment in a variety of settings all over the world.
Some of the courses included in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program can be counted towards UMass Lowell's Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies. We also offer a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies program, which can be completed entirely online.