BYU’s special education master’s degree program has added a verified course sequence for a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Students can take the required coursework to meet one of the eligibility standards required to sit for the BCBA exam and thereby enter the growing field of Applied Behavior Analysts (ABAs).
This highly sought-after certification opens new doors for master’s students with any bachelor’s degree, but it is most beneficial for those with related degrees.
The degree program is specially designed for school professionals, but can accommodate clinical professionals as well. During the school year the classes are held at night, and during summer the classes are offered during the day. This means students can get ahead of the curve while they continue their regular work.
The verified course sequence is completed over the course of the master’s degree—it does not require any additional schooling.
With a BCBA certification, teachers can make themselves more marketable to employers or engage in an independent consulting role. ABAs can work with families in a therapist role, provide services for adults with autism, or work with schools.
The range of possibilities with this certification is wide and flexible. The BCBA coursework available at BYU is a great opportunity for special education master’s students to further their skill set.
Interested persons should act fast—the application deadline is January 15, 2018. Visit http://www.education.byu.edu/cpse/masters to apply.
Writer: Jake Gulisane
Contact: Cindy Glad (801) 422-1922