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Communication Disorders & Special Education:ODU Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program

Old Dominion University is pleased to offer the 5th Edition Verified Course Sequence (VCS) approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). The 5th Edition VCS consists of 315 hours of coursework (21 graduate-level credits or 7 courses)* for students taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional degree and experience requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

The program's primary goal is to provide teachers and related-service providers with instruction in applied behavior analysis that will broaden the range of empirically-supported instructional methodologies used to meet the academic, social, and behavioral needs of a diverse student or client population. The program's secondary goal is to provide teachers and related-service providers with the educational and supervised fieldwork experience needed to sit for the national BCBA® examination.

In this program, the seven courses are offered in a combined distance learning and online format on a pre-determined schedule. Use the contact information below to determine your eligibility and ask questions.


Program Requirements

This program will be offered to qualified students admitted to the program. Course work will be delivered in a combined distance learning and online format offered by ODU. An applicant must (a) have a master's degree from an accredited university or the equivalent from a foreign institution in one of the following areas: education, psychology or behavior analysis OR (b) be accepted into and currently pursuing a master's degree offered by an accredited university in one of the following areas: education, psychology or behavior analysis.

Successful completion of the ODU ABA certificate program, in addition to a supervised internship that meets the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) guidelines ®, will allow the participant to apply for the national BCBA® examination. A student who successfully completes the 21-credit course sequence* and does not complete the internship requirement may earn the ODU ABA Certificate, but is not eligible to sit for the national BCBA® examination.


Application Process

We are currently accepting applications to the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program. The application deadline is May 20, 2022. Please use the ABA program application linked above to apply to the program. If you have questions prior to or during the application process, please contact Dr. Laura Chezan.

Laura Chezan

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    122 LIONS CHILD STUDY CTR
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-7055
  • lchezan@odu.edu