The University of Pittsburgh's Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program is approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (see www.bacb.com for additional information). The program in both the degree and certificate options includes a sequence of six 3-credit graduate-level courses designed to train students in theory, research, ethical considerations, and broad applications of behavioral principles. Examples of these applications include developing adaptive skills for children with intellectual disabilities in school settings; developing a range of communication options for children and adults with limited expressive language abilities; and teaching adaptive and alternative behaviors to individuals who have learned to use socially unacceptable behavior as a primary means of interaction with others. Supervision of practicum experiences required by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board is also available within the program.
The goal of the ABA Program is to produce practitioners who are qualified to assess, design, implement, and evaluate ABA programs for a range of populations, but with an emphasis on developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues. Successful completion of the coursework and practicum experiences allows students to seek Board Certification as Behavior Analysts. With the growing number of children presenting with unique behavioral challenges and requiring additional supports, mental health providers, agencies, and school districts are increasingly seeking the services of professionals with highly specialized training in Applied Behavior Analysis. As a result, board certification as a behavior analyst is becoming increasingly sought after by professionals who are interested in enhancing their skills and abilities to work with children and adults who present with learning and mental health needs.
This program fulfills all the evidence-based coursework requirements for the Pennyslvania Behavior Specialist Licensure. Follow the link for certification process.
The ABA courses and intensive practica in both the ABA Certificate program and the MEd program have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and may be applied to Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).