Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Stephanie Kuhn, Program Coordinator Phone: (203) 837-3206


Faculty: A. Brewer; J. Burke; S Kuhn.

WCSU offers a graduate certificate approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®), to prepare students for the national certification examinations sponsored by the BACB. All six courses are offered online and can be completed in 15 months to earn the certificate.


The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination (I.e., degree and experience).

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certificate
This 22-credit, six-course sequence is designed for candidates who have completed an acceptable graduate degree from an accredited university. The six-course sequence is a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) and meets the coursework requirement to be eligible for certification. The candidate will be required to complete additional requirements for certification. Visit http://www.bacb.com for more information

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to be admitted to the Certificate in ABA must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Application for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. Online Application (Application deadline for fall: March 1st / for spring: November 1st)

2. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and master’s degree (completed an acceptable graduate program) from an accredited institution of higher education.  

3. One official transcript mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions from each college or university previously attended, including all earned grades and degree

4. Applicant’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least a 2.8 for admission into program.

5. Applicant must submit professional resume/vitae.

6. Applicant must submit response to the following essay question:

In a single, double-spaced page please tell us why you believe you are a good “fit” for Western Connecticut State University’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. To evaluate your application, it will be helpful to have the following information such as why do you wish to pursue a career in ABA, what are your goals upon earning a degree, and what are some experiences that you feel prepare you for success in our program (e.g., relevant coursework, GPA, job, etc.)?

Transcripts, resume, and essay can be sent to: Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 or sent as an attachment to Graduate Admissions

Additional Information:

Students are required to visit http://bacb.com regularly and keep up to date with all requirements to sit for the examination and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Students whose work is of marginal quality, less than a B, in all Applied Behavior Analysis courses or who demonstrate personal qualities that are not conducive to the role of Board Certified Behavior Analyst will not be recommended for continuation in the program.

Tuition: For more information regarding tuition costs and fees go to https://www.wcsu.edu/cashiers/tuition/

Academic calendar: For more information regarding the start date of classes and other important dates go to: https://www.wcsu.edu/calendars/

Task List course content allocation:

Fifth Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA (Begins Fall 2019)

Fourth Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA

Third Edition Task List Course Content Allocation Hours for BCBA

A Courses are 100% Online

EPY 655 Intro to Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis 3 SH
EPY 658 Advanced Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis 4 SH
EPY 656 Behavior Assessment 4 SH
EPY 659 Methods and Measurements in  Applied Behavior Analysis 4 SH 
EPY 660  Ethics and Professional Issues 3 SH 
EPY 657 Behavior Change Procedures 4 SH

Courses must be taken one at a time and in this sequence. No transfer credits allowed in this program.