The program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) prepares students to implement strategies based upon the science and principles of ABA. The coursework is designed to prepare students as ABA professionals who will implement behavior strategies that support children, youth, and adults in a variety of environments. Students learn to build skills, reduce challenging behaviors, and improve the quality of life for the individuals they serve.
Along with courses in education, the program consists of 6 core courses in applied behavior analytic content. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified the NVU-J course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. In order for students to be eligible to take the BCBA exam, they will need to identify a BACB®-approved supervision experience. *NVU is currently unable to post BCBA Exam pass rate data. Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their rst four years of operation.
Students must enter the program with a given cohort and register for classes in the prescribed sequence. Courses may be held at various locations on and off campus, and through live online platforms. Some courses are offered in-person, others as hybrid (in-person and online). While faculty will consider the most common geographic location of the given cohort, students will be expected to commute to various locations when needed.
Students who already possess a master’s degree from a BACB approved field (i.e., education, psychology, or behavior analysis) and are seeking only to pursue becoming a BCBA, must complete six designated courses. Those without a master’s degree must complete the entire sequence of EDU and ABA courses.