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Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis


The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provides students with the preparation to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

In 2012, the Michigan Autism Reform Legislation went into effect, mandating the provision of Applied Behavior Analysis for individuals with autism through the age of 18. ABA services must be directed and overseen by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), but Michigan currently has insufficient BCBAs to meet the need of families of children with autism. BCBAs are also needed to work with individuals with other developmental disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), and various behavioral challenges in outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, and residential treatment settings across the US and internationally.

In response to this demand, MiSPP is offering a certificate program in ABA that prepares students to sit for the international examination to become BCBAs. MiSPP’s ABA certificate program combines 21 credit hours of coursework approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) and a 1000-hour practicum experience. Students may complete the ABA certificate in 2 years (6 semesters) taking one course per semester along with five semesters of practicum experience.

The ABA certificate can also be integrated into MiSPP’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program. All requirements for both credentials must be met to include 13 courses and both practicum experiences.  Time to completion is based on the pace of enrollment. It’s anticipated that this will take a minimum of two years to complete all courses and the required two practicum experiences.

Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to sit for the international exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Program faculty have responsibility for the integrity of the academic program. Faculty continually assess and enhance the program’s content and requirements to meet the needs of the field of psychology.

Professional development and personal growth are integral to the programs at MiSPP, and many aspects of the educational process are based on experiential learning and self-exploration.  Students participate in courses and other related activities that require self-exploration, dialogue and expression of personal information.  In addition, courses, clinical supervision or other program-related activities may require classroom presentations and/or written assignments that involve the communication of personal information.