Applied Behavior Analysis

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - Applied Behavior Analysis is the scientific study of human behavior. There is a growing need for well-trained board-certified professionals in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, BACB®, from 2010 to 2017 the demand for BCBAs has increased by 800%. UCSB PaCE offers the 5th edition BCBA/BCaBA Task List, fully Online!

This program is perfect for...

Our program is perfect for practitioners who seek to make positive changes in individuals’ lives through the implementation and dissemination of applied behavior analytic practice. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the course sequence for the University of California Santa Barbara Extension/PaCE as meeting the 5th Edition requirements. 

Individuals who have successfully obtained their BCBA certification will be able to work in many disciplines/fields. BCBAs can offer their services in various environments such as (but not limited to), schools, hospitals, organizations, clinics, in-home, and private practice. Many businesses are now seeking BCBAs to help with organizational behavior management (OBM). Typically, BCBAs provide consultation, direct services, training/workshops, and supervision.

Important: BACB Examinations at Pearson VUE

IMPORTANT NOTE: "Certification — Effective January 1, 2023, initial BACB certification applications will no longer be accepted from individuals who reside outside of the U.S. and Canada. Individuals who earn certification prior to January 1, 2023, will be able to maintain their certification in perpetuity. Note: BACB certifications will remain available in Canada due to the similarities between the Canadian and U.S. educational, regulatory, and economic environments." For more information, please visit the BACB site.

***Completion of the UCSB PaCE ABA certificate program does not result in BCBA  certification. Individuals seeking certification must take and pass an examination with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). While courses in this certificate program may count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in BCBA or BACB certification. For more information about certification visit http://www.bacb.com.

 

What you'll learn

Understand the concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis
Conduct functional behavior assessments and related behavior assessments
Understand the fundamental elements of behavior change & specific behavior change procedures
Identify client needs and design an appropriate evidence-based program
Identify the correct method for evaluating behavioral progress through the use of single-case design
Understand and adhere to BACB®’s ethical code of conduct
Collect, graph, and analyze behavior data
Design an appropriate supervision program

 

 

Students under the 4th edition task list must complete all requirements (i.e., 270 hours of coursework and 1500 hours of fieldwork) and submit everything to BACB® prior to October 1st, 2021 in order to be considered for the 4th edition exam. If students are accepted by BACB® for the 4th edition exam, they have a 2-year authorization window to take the exam. If students DO NOT pass the exam within the 2-year authorization window, students must reapply under the new requirements (i.e., 5th edition). Also, if students are not able to complete all requirements by October 1st, 2021, students are encouraged to enroll in the 5th edition program. 

Note* We like to encourage our students to complete all their requirements by October 2021 so that they have enough time to get approved from BACB to take the exam (it can take up to 30 days) AND take the actual exam. After December 2021, students will have to adhere to 5th edition requirements. BCBA EXAMINATION INFORMATION 

For more information about certification visit http://www.bacb.com. For the most up-to-date BACB approved course grid, click here.

Courses (4th Edition)

2020-21 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM COURSE SCHEDULE
Required PaCE Courses Units F W S Su
ED X301D - Single Case Experimental Design 4       UCSB
ED X312.1 - Cognitive Development in Autism and Other Severe Disabilities 4 UCSB      
ED X365 Behavioral Assessment & Intervention For Children & Adolescents 4   UCSB    
ED X391 Professional Issues In Developmental Disabilities  4     Ventura  
ED X309A Research Practicum I  4 UCSB   UCSB  
ED X309B Research Practicum II  4   UCSB   UCSB

Ventura Online       UCSB UCSB        UCSB  / Ventura Blended        Ventura Downtown Santa Barbara

  • After enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email.
  • Courses are offered across 4 academic quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. For more information about course starting dates visit the UCSB Approved Academic Calendar.
  • All courses are offered in an interactive online asynchronous format. Students are required to complete weekly assignments through GauchoSpace, UCSB's course management system. Students are not required to be in front of the computer or online at any particular time.
 

NEW! The 5th edition is HERE! Enrollments open

  • The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified UCSB PaCE to offer both the 4th and 5th edition BCBA coursework series. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements per BACB ® before they can be deemed eligible to take the BCBA exam.

  • BACB ® is in the process of switching from the 4th edition task list to the 5th edition task list. What is the difference between 4th and 5th edition?The 5th edition task list opens up the program to students with a Master’s degree in any field/discipline. Under the 5th edition, students will need to complete 315 coursework hours and accrue 2000 fieldwork hours. The 5th edition exam will be available as of January 2022. Under the 4th edition task list only students with a Master’s degree in Education, Psychology, or Behavior Analysis are eligible to take the exam. Students are expected to complete 270 coursework hours and accrue 1500 fieldwork hours. Students MUST take the 4th edition exam prior to December 31, 2021

  • We are no longer accepting applications for the 4th edition. Students are encouraged to apply for the 5th edition program.

Courses (5th Edition)

2020-21 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM COURSE SCHEDULE
Required PaCE Courses Units F W S Su
ED X301D.5 Single Case Experimental Design 4       UCSB
ED X312.1.5 Cognitive Development in Autism & Other Severe Disabilities 4       UCSB
ED X365.5 Behavior Assessment & Intervention for Children & Adolescents 4 UCSB      
ED X391.5  Professional Issues in Developmental Disabilities 4 UCSB      
ED X309A.5 Philosophical Underpinnings, Concepts, and Principles Part I 4   UCSB    
ED X309B.5 Philosophical Underpinnings, Concepts, and Principles Part II 4     UCSB  
ED X309C.5 Procedures, Interventions, and Supervision 4     UCSB  
XLRN 809A Supervision (Optional) 4 UCSB UCSB UCSB UCSB

Ventura Online       UCSB UCSB        UCSB  / Ventura Blended        Ventura Downtown Santa Barbara

  • After enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email.
  • Courses are offered across 4 academic quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. For more information about course starting dates visit the UCSB Approved Academic Calendar.
  • All courses are offered in an interactive online asynchronous format. Students are required to complete weekly assignments through GauchoSpace, UCSB's course management system. Students are not required to be in front of the computer or online at any particular time.

 

 

You can enroll in 3 easy steps

1. Click on the course you want 

1

 

2. Click "Add to Cart" and proceed to "Checkout"

2

 

OR  Enroll by phone - 805.893.4200 | Mon-Fri - 9am-5pm PST 

 

Apply Now 5th Edition

Requirements

This professional program satisfies the coursework requirement for the BCBA credential. To be eligible for this area of certification, students must already have obtained a graduate degree in an area approved by the BACB® or are concurrently earning that degree.
For information about the BCBA Examination and requirements, click here . Candidates must complete all 6 courses with letter grades of “B-” or better.

Certificate Pricing

 

UCSB Students
Community
International Students
Individual Courses
$600
$600
$600
Complete 4th Edition
$3,150 - $3,300
$3,150 - $3,300
$3,150 - $3,300
Complete 5th Edition
$3,850 - $4,200
$3,850 - $4,200
$3,850 - $4,200
Additional cost
 
Additional cost (optional) *Supervision Class $600 every quarter
*Learning Module Series. Cost vary from $279 to $425 depend on the option you choose.                                                       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Rise of ABA: Applied Behavior Analysis on the PaCE Pod


spotify

 

"This series was ideal for someone living so far away from campus. I was able to go at my own pace - enrolling separately in each class at a time - which allowed me to continue my work while taking courses. I was also able to entirely self-manage the course workload and choose when to attend lectures, which meant that if my work in Senegal got particularly busy (or if we had day-long power outages or internet cutouts!) I was still able to complete all of my tasks on time. Also, the fact that I was eight hours ahead of everyone in California wasn't a problem at all. It was absolutely ideal for my situation."

- Adair Cardon
ABA Senegal

 

Questions

FAQs