Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Program?

We offer a 43-credit hour Program that takes place across four consecutive traditional semesters, beginning in the fall. Each semester students are enrolled in two didactic courses and one practicum course ensuring that they always have the opportunity to practice what they are learning in the classroom. Additionally, during their final semester students register for a comprehensive examination course designed to assess their competency and prepare them for their BCBA® certification examination after graduation. The program is considered intensive and students can expect to be heavily immersed in their subject matter while enrolled. Students are highly discouraged from working full-time while enrolled.

Will I be eligible to sit for my Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) certification exam after graduating?

To be eligible to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s® BCBA® an applicant must earn a masters degree in a field related to behavior analysis, successfully complete coursework in relevant content areas, and accumulate a certain number of experience and supervised hours practicing behavior analysis. Some programs offer the minimum amount of coursework needed to sit for the exam but do not offer students any practical experience. Other programs charge students for practical training but require them to find those experiences themselves. We are proud that our Program is the only one in the region that offers all of its students the opportunity to fulfill all three of the requirements necessary to sit for the BCBA exam by the time our students graduate.

What type of applicant is the Program interested in?

We are interested in applicants that want to become effective, ethical, and compassionate behavior analysts committed to using the science of behavior to better lives. We are also interested in applicants who embody the values and related behaviors the Program promotes to its students and faculty, including:

  1. Be excellent, diligent, and inquisitive in your studies.
  2. Be involved, curious, and enthusiastic about your education.
  3. Be respectful, cooperative, and helpful towards your colleagues.
  4. Be responsible, tenacious, and creative when applying your science.
  5. Be sincere, empathic, and patient with your clients.
  6. Be honest, reliable, and ethical in all your interactions.

What is the background of the program faculty?

We are fortunate to have a phenomenal group of faculty affiliated with the Program. Dr. Erick Dubuque, LBA, BCBA-D serves as the Program’s Director and teaches the bulk of the didactic coursework in the Program. His expertise in instructional design and familiarity with the field’s professional standards has helped ensure the quality and relevance of the training being offered. Molly Dubuque, M.A., BCBA serves as the Practicum Director and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the student’s practical training. Under her leadership the Program continues to thrive as the only one in the region offering practical training under the BACB’s Intensive Practicum experience category. Dr. David Morgan, and accomplished author and expert in instructional design, is responsible for teaching some of the most foundational courses in our curriculum. His expertise in behavioral philosophy and experimental science allows the Program to offer comprehensive coursework not found in other behavior analytic training programs across the country.

How is the job market for behavior analysts?

The subject matter of behavior analysis is behavior. As such the skills learned in our program are valuable in any setting that requires the management of behavior. Specifically, there is very strong need for behavior analysts in schools, homes, and centers treating individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Competitive salaries are the norm as currently the demand for behavior analysts far outweighs the supply in most places around the country.

How much is tuition?

For the 2013-2014 academic year the cost per credit hour is $850 (not including other university fees). This cost is offset by the free supervision students receive while accumulating their experience hours at their practical training sites. Costs for supervision hours earned outside of the program can easily reach as high as $50-$75 per hour and take three times as long to accumulate before students are eligible to sit for their BCBA certification examination.

How can I learn more?

To learn more about our Program please setup an appointment with our Program Director, Erick Dubuque (edubuque@spalding.edu). If you want to see the type of work behavior analysts do please inquire about our shadowing opportunities during your meeting.