Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification

bacb_logo.jpgThe SDSU School Psychology program has received a BCBA approved course sequence (#4487 – 4th Edition Task List). Read more about this exciting news in the College of Education news blog!

This approved sequence will make it easier to take the requisite coursework for the BCBA as our students simultaneously earn their M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in School Psychology. This allows for deeper specialization within the School Psychology program to appropriately serve children on the Autism Spectrum or those needing intensive behavioral supports.  

What is a BCBA?

The field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) has rapidly evolved within the past few decades. Supported by a strong evidence-base, the demand for ABA services has increased exponentially within the fields of developmental disabilities and special education. In accordance with this, the need to train competent and well-prepared ABA professionals has become a national issue

The  Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a nonprofit corporation established to meet professional credentialing needs in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis. The BCBA is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. 

BCBA Approved Course Sequence:

 CSP courses:

  • CSP 623 Ecobehavioral Assessment: Intervention (Spring-3 units)
  • CSP 710A Professional Seminar in School Psychology: Evaluation of Educational & Psychological Interventions (Fall-3 units)
  • CSP 710B Professional Seminar in School Psychology: Advanced Research and Evaluation (Spring-3 units)
  • CSP 733 Ethics and Law for Educators (Fall-3 units)

SPED courses:

  • SPED 530 Issues in Autism (Fall, Spring & Summer-3 units)
  • SPED 676 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (Spring-3 units)
  • SPED 605 Advanced Behavioral and Health Supports (Spring-1 unit)

BCBA Certification – 3 stages

There are three major requirements to become BCBA certified:
  1. Approved Coursework (270 hours-4th Edition task list)
  2. Approved Supervised Fieldwork Hours (1500 hours)
  3. Pass the BCBA Exam
Please take note: This certification requires a 1200 hour Internship experience in addition to the School Psychology Internship experience.

Fieldwork Experiences & Supervisor Qualifications

Three categories of experience (students may accrue experience in only one category at a time):

  Supervised Independent Fieldwork
Total Hours Required 1500
Supervised Hours:  
% of total hours 5%
Total # of supervised hours 75
Frequency of supervisor contacts Once every 2 weeks

Students may start accumulating experience when they begin coursework required to meet the BCBA requirements.