The Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Course Series
This program is a graduate-level, six-course series developed in partnership with the School of Professional Development. It is designed to meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) academic requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. To be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination, the BACB requires that applicants:
1. Complete the BACB-approved six-course series, and
2. Hold a master’s degree in a field acceptable to the BACB, and
3. Complete 1,500 hours of Supervised Fieldwork and Practicum Experience.
Interested students are encouraged to visit the BACB’s website (www.bacb.org) and carefully read all of the information under the section entitled “Becoming Certified.” Requirements pertaining to acceptable master’s degrees and Supervised Fieldwork and Practicum Experience are set by the BACB. All questions regarding these should be directed to the BACB.
The full complement of requirements represents a substantial commitment of time and effort, and should be fully understood before applying. Although it is not a requirement for admission, it is strongly recommended that students have experience and a strong commitment to the field of applied behavior analysis. Because of the supervised fieldwork and practicum requirement, it is also suggested that you currently hold certification in a profession that will permit you to obtain a position in which you can meet the supervised fieldwork requirements.
The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities offers the 750-hour University Intensive Practicum. This requires that students also take a seventh course, CEZ 585: Practicum in the Analysis and Treatment of Developmental Disabilities. Enrollment in the University Intensive Practicum is limited in size and open only to students who hold professional certification in a related field and have two years' prior experience in applied behavior analysis. Please contact Patty Romanowski Bashe, MSEd., BCBA, at The Cody Center, 631-632-8868, for further information.
The program begins in the Fall semester, and students may take only course per semester in the order indicated below. Courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer session I. The course schedule is as follows:
Fall CEZ 570 Concepts and Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis
Spring CEZ 571 Applied Behavior Analysis I
Summer I CEZ 573 Effective and Ethical Service Provision
Fall CEZ 572 Applied Behavior Analysis II
Spring CEZ 574 Research Methods
Summer I CEZ 575 Other Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis
All classes meet in the evening. Fall and Spring courses meet once a week; Summer I courses meet twice a week.
Students enrolled in the 750-hour University Intensive Practicum must also take a seventh course, CEZ 585: Practicum in the Analysis and Treatment of Developmental Disabilities during their first Spring semester in addition to the required course.
Applicants to the program who are not current SPD students are required to submit the following materials:
- Application for Non-matriculating Graduate Student (GSP) status and nonrefundable $90 application fee;
- Official transcript from an accredited college or university reflecting conferral of a Master's degree;
- Personal Statement (500 words maximum), explaining your reasons for pursuing the ABA six-course series and describing any/all previous experience in the field of autism and/or applied behavior analysis.
GSP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- Students accepted to the Cody Center Graduate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis are eligible to take the full six-course series, and may also enroll in other SPD courses or courses offered throughout the University, as available to GSP students.
- Students are advised to keep all Stony Brook records, including departmental correspondence, payment and registration receipts, etc., for reference and verification.
- GSP students are usually not eligible for financial aid. Check with the Financial Aid Office (631.632.6840).
- Tuition rates for non-matriculated graduate students (GSP) are based on the course level. The Bursar's Office has detailed information on tuition and fees.
- International student applicants requesting F1 or J1 visas are normally required to be matriculated in a degree or advanced graduate certificate program. Non-matriculating graduate student (GSP) status does not fulfill this requirement.
To complete the application process, you will need to do the following:
- Go to the Apply Yourself website and click on the "Create Account" button. By creating an account, you will receive a unique ID so that you can check your application status online.
- Check the "Yes" box on the Apply Yourself application following the statement: "I am applying for ABA courses."
- Submit the nonrefundable $90 application fee, either via credit card, check, or money order. (Instructions are on the Apply Yourself website.) Completed applications are due by Friday, August 8, 2014, for the Fall 2014 semester.
- Submit a Personal Statement, 500 words maximum, that explains your reasons for wanting to take the ABA six-course series and describe any previous experience/s in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis.
- Print, fill out, and return the Immunization Form (PDF).
- Submit an official copy of your transcript that reflects the conferral of a Master's degree to:
School of Professional Development
N-201 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310 (entire zip code must be used)
Individuals considering pursuing Board Certification in Behavior Anaysis should, as a first step, carefully review all the information on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website, www.bacb.com. The full complement of requirements represents a substantial commitment of time and effort, and should be fully understood before embarking on the course requirement. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of BACB policies and deadlines.
The courses are open to students who have earned a baccalaureate at an accredited university or college. However, a master's degree in a field approved by BACB is required to sit for the BCBA examination. Although it is not a requirement for admission, it is highly recommended that only those students with a serious commitment to the field of behavior analysis consider enrolling in these courses. Prior experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities using behavior analytic principles is strongly recommended.
Information about tuition rates for graduate courses at Stony Brook University can be found at http://www.stonybrook.edu/bursar/