Frequently Asked Questions – PSY- ABA

What is behavior analysis?

Behavior analysis is a scientific discipline that seeks to understand and bring positive change to the behavior of individuals.

Behavior analysts study how various factors — including environmental, biological, pharmacological, and experiential — influence the behavior of individuals. They utilize behavioral assessments, analytic interpretation of the results, and the application of behavioral analysis to assist people in obtaining their desired outcomes, including employees in business settings and people living with behavioral disorders, substance abuse, mental health disorders and developmental disabilities. 

What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)?

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is a person with a graduate-level certification in applied behavior analysis. BCBAs receive this certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Professionals certified at the BCBA level can be independent practitioners who provide behavior analysis services. BCBAs can work in school, residential, business, or community-based settings and with different populations including, children, adults and seniors. 

BCBAs may supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts® (BCaBAs®), Registered Behavior Technicians™ (RBTs®), and other professionals who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

How do I become a BCBA?

Only the BACB can certify behavior analysts. In order to be certified in behavior analysis with the BACB, one must first meet all certification requirements, including:

  • The instructional requirements (which can be completed with EKU's ABA Verified Course Sequence in ABA)
  • An accepted master's degree earned from an accredited institution (for more information on degree requirements, visit http://bacb.com/bcba-option-1/ for BCBA requirement.  EKU's Master's Degree in Psychology is an accepted degree.
  • Supervised experience hours as specified by BACB requirements
  • A complete BCBA exam application submitted to and accepted by the BACB
  • A passing score on the BCBA examination

How do I know if I have a qualifying degree to become a BCBA?

If you plan to take the BCBA exam before January, 2022, you must have a master’s degree in psychology, education or behavior analysis.

If you plan to take the BCBA exam after January, 2022, a master's degree in any field may be a qualifying degree.  If you are unsure if your degree is eligible, you may contact the BCBA for an evaluation: https://www.bacb.com/preliminary-degree-evaluation/

How do I apply?

To apply for the online master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in applied behavior analysis, visit https://application.eku.edu/register/APPLY and choose from the drop down menu: Category: “Master’s Program,” Major: “MS General Psychology,” and Concentration: “Applied Behavior Analysis”.

For the Graduate Certificate, choose from the drop down menu: Category: “Certificate,” then, Major: “Applied Behavior Analysis”.

If you have any questions about the application process, our dedicated program advisor will be happy to help.

Does EKU provide placements for supervised experience?
To sit for the BCBA certification examination, applicants must fulfill specific educational and supervisory requirements.

EKU’s online program fulfills the educational requirements. Students are responsible for arranging their own supervised experience, utilizing the resources provided on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website https://www.bacb.com/services/o.php?page=100155.

How do I find a supervisor for my supervised experience?

Choosing your supervisor and experience site(s) will be an important step in your journey to become a behavior analyst. The BACB provides helpful tips to help you decide where you will apply the foundational concepts that you learn in our program.

See this BACB link for information on identifying an eligible supervisor, type of supervision provided, etc.  https://www.bacb.com/services/o.php?page=100155

Your state board for behavior analysts may also have a directory showing you what BCBAs are practicing in your area.