Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants for non-degree graduate study must have a Bachelor's degree and an undergraduate/graduate grade point averages (GPAs) of 2.75 or better.
  • Only 9 credits of non-degree graduate work can later be used in a degree program if you decide to apply for the graduate degree program.


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Program Overview

The UMSL College of Education proudly hosts the nationally accredited Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) program through its Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate.

Due to great demand for part-time and full-time BCBAs, who are sought by schools and agencies throughout the U.S. and worldwide, our college presents the BCBA program to prepare behavior experts who provide the needed assistance in our state. If you are a professional who assists individuals who have behavioral concerns, or for school personnel who provide instruction and guidance directly to children in inclusive settings, this program supports your knowledge, understanding, and implementing research-driven strategies that improve the quality of life of children and families.

Applied Behavior Analysis is a well-developed discipline among the helping professions, with a mature body of scientific knowledge, established standards for evidence-based practice, distinct methods of service, recognized experience and educational requirements for practice, and identified sources of requisite education in universities (BACB, 2014).

BCBA therapists are practitioners with behavior intervention expertise who:

  • are licensed to conduct descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provide behavior analytic interpretations of results
  • design and supervise behavior analytic interventions
  • effectively develop and implement appropriate assessment and intervention methods for use in unfamiliar situations and for a range of cases
  • also may work as independent contractors for organizations
  • teach others to carry out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs
  • can deliver instruction in behavior analysis
  • supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts and others who implement behavior analytic interventions

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) - a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services - adheres to international standards that grant professional credentials. BACB certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation, per standards established by content experts in the field. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board's BCBA credentialing program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in Washington, DC.

Learn more about the program curriculum.

What UMSL Education has to offer

UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations.

For more on UMSL Education, visit coe.umsl.edu.