Course Requirements

The Mercyhurst University Applied Behavior Analysis Certification Program provides a coursework sequence and practical experience approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Upon completion of the program, participants may apply to the BACB to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)To achieve professional certification, a candidate must complete the six-course sequence, a 750-hour intensive practicum, and apply for and pass the BCBA exam (administered externally by BACB):
  • EDSP 501     Behavior Management: Intro to ABA and Behavior Change
  • EDSP 502     Educational Research: Single Subject
  • EDSP 536     Ethical, Professional, and Legal Issues
  • EDSP 640     Basic Principles of Behavior
  • EDSP 650     Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention Development
  • EDSP 660     Advanced Seminar: Applied Behavior Analysis
A university certificate of completion will be awarded to students who complete the six-course sequence. Students are responsible for meeting the work experience and exam requirements listed below.
  • Complete 270 hours of graduate instruction in a Board approved program
  • Complete 750 hours of Mercyhurst's Board-approved intensive practicum experience
  • Apply for, be determined eligible for (by BACB), and pass the BCBA Examination