Department of Teacher Education

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Program

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Program Overview

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is trained in the discipline of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The field of ABA is dedicated to systematically applying principles of behavior to improve socially significant behaviors. These applications are commonly used with the autism population and those with other developmental disabilities. However, ABA is increasingly prevalent in other areas such as education, parenting, health and exercise sciences, criminology, public safety, and organizational behavior management. 

The BCBA program in the College of Education and Public Affairs at Cleveland State University offers a curriculum available completely online with small class sizes in an engaged learning environment using evidence-based techniques with complete, accurate and contemporary viewpoints.  Recognized by the Professional Standards Board of the Association of Behavior Analysis, the BCBA program provides knowledge and skills to implement and evaluate intervention efficacy.  Students who complete the program are well-prepared for the state certification exam.

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Career Opportunities

A BCBA Certification broadens scope of education, allows job variability, and enhances professional versatility - in fact 80% of Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) members reported having full-time employment, with 14.8% employed part-time by choice. A quarter of BCBA respondents also reported salaries over $80,000 per year (APBA, 2009)

Behavior Analysts can be found in:

  • Outpatient clinical settings
  • In-home, individualized therapy
  • School-based intervention
  • Organizational behavior management practice
  • Inpatient psychiatric care
  • Community-based alternative settings

Admission Requirements

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required of applicants.
  • Applicants need an undergraduate degree within a related field and/or current graduate enrollment within a related field. Related fields include but are not limited to counseling, social work, school psychology, education, public health, and the behavioral sciences.
  • New students should apply through Graduate Admissions for Graduate Non-Degree status selecting Board Certified Behavioral Analyst as Intended Major/Program of Study. Current CSU graduate students must meet with an ESSC advisor to add the BCBA program to their program plan 

Program Requirements

The BCBA program is a six course sequence. All courses will be offered online. 

(Total 18 Credit Hours)

  • ESE 530: Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • ESE 531: Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
  • ESE 532: Behavior Assessment and Intervention 
  • ESE 533: Interventions for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • ESE 534: Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis
  • ESE 535: Ethics in Behavior Analysis

BCBA State Certified Exam: Apply and sit for BCBA exam. The exam is offered three times per year at numerous locations around the nation. Further information provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) can be found at:


  • For additional interest in program information, please contact Dr. Anthony Menendez at; 216.523.7204