Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified Portland State University’s course sequence toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Please refer to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® for additional requirements.

Program overview

PSU’s ABA program is fully online and provides a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) aligned with the 5th Edition Task List as a non-degree option; or in conjunction with a master’s degree as part of the Pathway 2 eligibility outlined by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®. In addition, the program includes a number of added curricular areas of focus, including an explicit emphasis on the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), Telehealth/Technology and use of behavioral supports within early childhood settings.

Verified Course Sequence pass-rate data

The current BCBA® Exam pass-rate for students who completed our ABA program and sat for the exam is 100%. Please refer to the 2019 pass-rates located on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) website.

Who should apply? 

  1. Non-Degree: Individuals with graduate-level degrees in need of a VCS toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination*.
  2. Degree: Individuals with undergraduate degrees (GPA at least 3.0) in human service areas of study such as behavior analysis, education, psychology, social work, child and family studies, etc who would like to receive a master’s degree (MS) in Special Education in addition to a VCS toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination.*

*Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Please refer to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for additional requirements.

Program contact

Tracy Williams-Murphy
Program Specialist
askcoe@pdx.edu
503-725-4619