Careers in Behavior Analysis
- The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis. In addition to conducting behavior assessments, analyzing data, and writing and revising behavior-treatment plans, BCaBAs can supervise Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior analytic interventions. Although BCaBAs work under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), which is a master-level certification, BCaBAs have a more supportive role by gathering data, maintaining records, and so forth. Additionally a graduate of the program is eligible to become a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT).
- Where one would work
- BCaBAs and RBTs can work with a variety of populations and in a variety of settings, which include individuals with autism, pervasive developmental disorders, or brain injuries in schools, homes, clinics, and residential facilities. Graduates can also work in other areas such as parent training, substance abuse treatment, dementia management, brain injury rehabilitation, occupational safety intervention, and much more. Because behavior analysis was first applied to promoting a better quality of life for individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, and developmental disabilities, most employment opportunities include these populations.
- Graduates have salaries ranging from $35,000 to $58,000 a year, with the average being $47,000 a year.
Education and training outcomes
The program reviews pass/fail data per course each semester to determine if a discrepancy exists between goals of the course and performance of the student body. Each student is monitored for progress within the program by grade point standards established by the university at large. Poor performance is placed on probation and more individualized attention is given to that student to remediate a course of success. Advisement May also include recommendation to terminate major if no feasible remedies are possible. Such progress is monitored on a semester basis.
The program has a variety of procedures to evaluate meeting objectives in all curricular components. They include: Classes - Percentage of enrolled students earning grade of B or better in all graduate courses. Grade C or better in all undergraduate courses. Practica - Percentage of enrolled students earning grade of B or better in all graduate practice activities. Grade of C or better in all undergraduate practice activities. Research - Percentage of enrolled students earning grade of B or better in all research credit coursework. Grade of C or better in undergraduate research coursework.
Outcome Assessment Data
|Annual reporting period||2017||2018|
|Number of students whose degrees were conferred by the program||10||13|
|Median years until graduation for students whose degrees
were conferred by the program
|Number of students enrolled in the program||33||22|
|Exam pass rates||BCaBA Exam Results|