The BCBA Program at CSU is designed to: - Becoming Certified:

The BCBA Program at CSU is designed to:

  1. Provide students with a complete, accurate, and

    contemporary view of applied behavior analysis.
  2. Provide the knowledge and skills to implement and

    evaluate intervention efficacy.
  3. Prepare students to conduct functional behavioral

  4. Train students in evidence-based instructional

    practices for those with severe behavioral

    disorders, autism, and other developmental disabilities.
  5. Promote the ethical application of behavioral

    interventions within a consultation framework.

Becoming Certified:

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is trained in the discipline of applied behavior analysis (ABA). The field of ABA is dedicated to systematically applying principles of behavior to improve socially significant behaviors. These applications are commonly used with the autism population and those with other developmental disabilities. However, ABA is increasingly prevalent in other areas such as education, parenting, health and exercise sciences, criminology, public safety, and organizational behavior management.

In order to gain the credential of BCBA, a student must successfully complete a pre-approved course sequence that has been recognized by the Professional Standards Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis. Successful completion of an approved course sequence and a rigorous application process enables a student to sit for the BCBA exam. The exam is offered three times per year at numerous locations around the nation. Further information provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) can be found at:

Behavior Analysts may work in:

  • Outpatient clinical settings
  • In-home, individualized therapy
  • School-based intervention
  • Organizational behavior management practice
  • Inpatient psychiatric care
  • Community based alternative settings


The BCBA program is a six course sequence. All courses will be offered online. Register now, classes are filling up quickly!

Courses offered in Spring:
ESE 530: Principles of Behavior Analysis
ESE 531: Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
ESE 533: Interventions for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
ESE 535: Ethics in Behavior Analysis

Courses offered in Fall:
ESE 532: Behavior Assessment and Intervention
ESE 534: Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis