Counseling & School Psychology

Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The 24-credit Advanced Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis provides students with the knowledge base and skills stipulated by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB©) as constituting basic competence for behavior analysts.  These competences include the following: Knowledge of professional issues and ethics; basic characteristics of the science of behavior analysis; principles, processes and concepts; behavioral assessment; measurement of behavior; experimental evaluation of interventions; interpretation of data; selection of intervention outcomes and strategies; behavior change procedures; and, systemic work with agencies and institutions. 

The purpose of the program is to educate and train behavior analysts who will serve children and adults who present with autism, autism spectrum disorders, and other related issues particularly in complex, urban settings. We are currently accepting two types of students:

Certified school-based professionals (i.e., classroom teachers, school psychologists or school counselors), or individuals who are in a program that leads to school-based certification, as a teacher, school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor.

Licensed NYS professionals in psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work or other human services fields (Professionals licensed in other states in these or similar areas will also be considered) or individuals who are license-eligible in one of the fields listed above such that they have satisfied the educational requirements for licensure in these fields and are completing their experience and/or examination requirements.

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have taken (and completed with a satisfactory grade) graduate level coursework  that deals specifically with the maintenance of client records.  There are three pathways that this requirement can be satisfied:

  • Candidates who are alums of programs housed in the CSP department may submit CSP 651 or CSP 680A to  to satisfy this requirement.
  • Candidates may elect to transfer credits into the program that satisfy these requirements, if their transcripts indicate such a course.  In those instances, students will identify the course and submit to faculty a syllabus of that course (as well as other supporting documentation).  Program faculty will review this course and alert the student ahead of time if the proposed course was accepted and can be transferred.
  • Candidates who have not taken this coursework at a graduate level will need to register for (and complete with a satisfactory grade) either CSP 651 or CSP 680A. 

For more information on the Advanced Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis, contact

Behavior Analysis Certification Board

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc (BACB©) has approved the LIU-Brooklyn ABA Advanced Certificate course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA©) examination under the 4th Edition requirements that will go into effect in 2015. Applicants will have to meet additional supervision requirements to qualify for board certification.

For more information about Behavior Analyst Certification, visit the BACB© Web site.  

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB©), has approved the following practicum courses toward the experience requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify.


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