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BCBA Coursework

Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA®s) are in high demand nationwide and being competitively recruited to fill a variety of positions working with people with disabilities in school and education settings, home settings, and clinical programs.

The University of Tennessee provides a Verified Course Sequence* (VCS) approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International® as meeting the coursework requirements to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.

The VCS is available as an option for students enrolled in graduate, degree-seeking programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, and School Psychology. BCBA supervised fieldwork hours, required for certification, are arranged and completed by the student separately from coursework. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify for the exam.

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*Verified Course Sequence pass-rate information is published annually. Exam pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

To complete the coursework required to pursue board certification in behavior analysis, students must complete seven (7) courses from the list below. Each course earns three (3) graduate credits and meets the required 45 contact hours established by the BACB®. An international certifying board specifies and updates additional requirements (e.g., completing supervised fieldwork experience, passing exam) for board certification which is outside of coursework included in the Teacher Education, MS; ABA Concentration.

  • SPED 501: Advanced Topics in ABA
  • SPED 530: ABA in School Settings
  • SPED 555: Methods of Teaching Students with ASD
  • EDPY 515: Educational Applications of Behavioral Theories of Learning
  • EDPY 517: Direct Assessment and Interventions of Academic Skill Deficits
  • EDPY 636: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology and Behavior Analysis

Choose 1 of the following:

  • SPED 603: Reading and Applying Research for Diverse Learning: Single-Subject Approaches
  • EDPY 505: Quasi-Experimental and Single-Subject Design Research

The University of Tennessee’s MS Degree in Teacher Education with an ABA Concentration* provides courses in Special Education and School Psychology programs primarily focused on treatment approaches for children and adults with learning or behavioral difficulties and their teachers and caregivers.

For further information on how to become a highly-qualified Board Certified Behavior Analyst® follow the link to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.


Tara C. Moore, PhD, BCBA-D
Associate Professor, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education