Applied Behavior Analysis

School of Education

Colleges / Schools

Fully Online


Why Study at Arcadia?

All of Arcadia’s instructors have extensive experience working as certified behavior analysts in the field as well as teaching at the university level. Arcadia’s program is designed to develop professional expertise in behavior analysis and the consultative skills necessary to affect real change in schools, homes, and community settings. All instructors are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).

Are courses taught online?

The M.Ed and the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis are fully online programs. 

Are courses part of a Verified Course Sequence?

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified Arcadia's courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. The BACB requires that a master’s degree in a related field be obtained prior to applying for board certification.

Anyone interested in a career in applied behavior analysis should be aware of the two primary credentials that are often needed to do so. The first is Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and the second is Licensed Behavior Analyst or Behavior Specialist License depending on the state where you reside.   (LBA;BSL)

The BCBA credential is a nationally recognized professional credential focused on discipline-specific professional standards. The LBA and BSL are credentials at a state-level and are state established credentials related to specific state regulations on the practice of applied behavior analysis. The requirements for each state’s LBA/BSL credential vary. Some states require the BCBA credential to obtain the LBA/BSL credential, while others list the BCBA credential as one possible option for getting the LBA/BSL. For example, the state of PA permits BSL prior to obtaining BCBA credentialing at this time while in NJ you must have your BCBA to apply for the LBA credential.   Students interested in other state licenses should review the desired state’s criteria or contact Dr. Sarah Woldoff at

Because obtaining a BCBA credential is often the most efficient way of acquiring licensure in any state and is often recognized by insurance companies in states without licensure, the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Program at Arcadia University is designed to help students meet the criteria for the BCBA credential to allow for license mobility.

Practicum Options

In addition to the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate and master's degree, Arcadia also offers optional applied behavior analysis practicum opportunities to help you gain experience and meet the requirements to sit for the BACB's certification exam through several local agencies in the Tri-State area. 

Why Study Behavior Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis provides the most evidenced-based intervention within all of psychology and education. Behavior analytic procedures have been coded into educational law. For example, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act calls for a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) to be conducted prior to suspension of students with disabilities. ABA has helped to support youth and adults with autism, conduct disorders, oppositional defiant disorders, and depression, as well as couples needing therapy. It has served as the basis for educational procedures such as direct instruction and assessment procedures such as curriculum-based measurement. It is essential for professionals functioning within a Response to Intervention Model.