Application Deadline and Information
ABA Certificate application deadline is May 1, 2019!
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 successfully completing coursework. We also accept letters from leadership in organizations where you work. Letters from colleagues are not acceptable.
Application to the ABA Certificate program requires: (a) a personal statement/essay, (b) 3 letters of reference, (c) official undergraduate & graduate transcripts, and (d) TOEFL scores (if necessary)
Applications are usually due by June 1st of each year for Fall admission. Applications can be completed electronically by clicking on the website here. Questions about the application should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 718-997-5200. Please note: the Program Code for the ABA Certificate Program is: 803/BEHANL-AC
Information about Tuition can be found by clicking here:
BACB-approved courses (Task List 4)
BACB-Approved Courses (Task List 4):
|730.01||Theory and Method in Applied Behavior Analysis I||3|
|730.05||Applied Behavior Analysis: Measurement and Applied Project 1||3|
|730.02||Theory and Method in Applied Behavior Analysis II||3|
|730.06||Applied Behavior Analysis: Measurement and Applied Project II||3|
BACB Exam Pass Rates
For BACB Examination Pass rates for Queens College ABA MA and Certificate Program graduates, please see the following link:
Queens College Yearly Pass Rates:
Year Pass Rate
Important Dates & Information
May 1st of each year is the application deadline for Fall admission.
The Fall semester typically begins the last week of August and an orientation meeting for all new students is scheduled approximately one week before the start of the Fall semester.
Students who miss the deadline for application may apply to take courses as a non-matriculated student. Taking classes as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee admission into the program. If admitted into the program, all credits taken as a non-matriculated student will transfer into the ABA Certificate Program. For more information about non-matriculated status, please click here
Information about Tuition can be found by clicking here
Important Notice to Applicants and Candidates
Services restricted to New York State licensed professionals, including licensed behavior analysts certified behavior analysts assistants (supervised by a licensed behavior analyst) and licensed psychologists, cannot be rendered by program students or graduates unless: (a) they are licensed in New York State to provide such services, (b) they provide those services in an exempt setting as salaried employee, (c) the person holds a limited permit to practice in a setting approved by the New York State Education Department, or (d) the person is a student, intern, or resident in an educational program acceptable to the Department pursuant to the commissioner’s regulations, provided that such constitutes a part of his or her supervised course of study.
Due to the recent change in the law, one must be a licensed behavior analyst to engage in "behavior analysis" types of activities: modifying behavior, conducting behavior analysis, etc. The exception is if one works in a school, clinic, hospital, and similar institutions, which are called exempt settings. The New York State Education Department, which approves all graduate programs, requires this disclaimer in our materials. If you have a question, you can either contact the ABA Program Director at Queens College or call the State Education Department.