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ABA Certificate application deadline is June 1, 2018!
Our curriculum is pre-approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and meets the education requirement for NY State Licensed Behavior Analyst credential.
In order to assist students with gaining practical experience and experience hours toward both credentials, we have an on-campus opportunity and have partnered with several local human service organizations. Our on-campus clinical opportunity is SIBS Club, which is directed by Dr. Emily Jones, and serves families of children with autism and focuses on improving sibling relationships. We partner with private schools - ELIJA School, and QSAC, - and agencies - Behavioral Intervention Psychological Services, ABA Psychological Services, Mike Marroquin Consulting, Kids Learning Loft, Long Island ABA, Proud Moments, Best Foot Forward, and Teamwork Healthcare. Our students work at these sites, often conduct classroom and research projects at these sites, and obtain supervised ABA experience.
The goal of the Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is to prepare people to design, deliver, and evaluate individualized behavioral intervention. The aim of the certificate program is to provide practitioners with high-quality academic training in applied behavior analysis. To that end, faculty carefully integrate the practicum coursework experience with didactic course work to provide a meaningful repertoire of behavior analysis skills and to help prepare professionals for the National Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination.
An advanced certificate in ABA from Queens College will benefit individuals who already possess a Master’s degree, but are missing the ABA coursework necessary to sit for the BCBA examination. The program provides a focused sequence of courses for individuals in fields such as psychology, education, social work, speech pathology, or other fields who are seeking training in applied behavior analysis.
Graduates will have an advantage over other applicants for employment in public and private schools, residential and vocational training facilities, and service agencies for individuals in need of behavioral intervention for teaching particular skills and remediating maladaptive behavior.
The program is a total of 18 credits and is designed to be completed in one year (Fall, Spring & Summer) if a student enrolls full-time. Typically, students complete the program in 1 to 2 years.
Most of the courses are offered late afternoon and early evening to accommodate persons who work full-time. Each class meets once a week throughout the semester during the Fall and Spring semesters.
The certificate program is not a Master’s program, and thus, a graduate degree is not awarded upon completion of the coursework. The program is designed to fulfill the coursework requirements necessary to sit for the BCBA national exam (http://www.bacb.com), it does NOT fulfill the experience supervision requirements for the BCBA. You DO NOT receive your BCBA upon completion of our program - you will have simply met the coursework requirements necessary to sit for the exam. Students (on their own) must research the requirements for the practice component of the BCBA.
Application & Admission Information
Applicants must have earned a Master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Additionally, applicants will be required to have some background in psychology (ie., courses in learning, advanced experimental psychology, developmental disabilities, behavior analysis, etc.). Background in special education and/or field-based experience in behavior analysis are an added strength.
The GRE is NOT required, but students for whom English is not a native language must show a score of 600 or higher on the TOEFL.
Please submit letters of reference from professors who can speak to your skill level in s