The psychology department offers undergraduate and graduate courses and basic and applied research opportunities in behavior analysis. Students may also get applied experiences in behavior analysis at the Central Autism Treatment center. Starting January 2021, the courses listed on the BCaBA and BCBA web pages will meet the educational requirements for the 5th edition BCBA/BCaBA Task List.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the application and scientific study of socially important behavior. Applied behavior analysis has been applied to many areas, including substance abuse, clinical behavior analysis, neurodevelopmental disorders, education, behavioral medicine, and job safety and performance. The largest population applied behavior analysts work with is people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ABA is effective in increasing language, social skills, and other important functional skills to improve the lives of people with ASD.

In Michigan and across the country, there are many opportunities in ABA for people who are credentialed as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Central Michigan University provides the necessary undergraduate courses to become an RBT or BCaBA and the required graduate coursework to become a BCBA. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the course sequences below to be eligible to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examinations. 

For additional information on BCBA or BCaBA certification or course sequence requirements, log onto the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's website at

Central Michigan University’s BCBA and BCaBA Course Sequence is funded in part by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services through the Michigan Legislature.

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