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Monday, May 30, 2016

Impressive Pass Rate of Behavior Analysts Calls Attention to COE

The College of Education is boasting an impressive passing rate from its Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and schools around the country are taking notice.

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board reviewed the pass rate for our first time exam takers from SDSU for 2015, and the 11 graduates from SDSU who took the test posted an 82% passing rate. Nationally, the passing rate for this exam in 2015 sat at around 65%.

BCBAs must take an approved course sequence offered at SDSU, have the required hours of supervised field experience and pass an exam to earn their certifications. SDSU is the only approved sequence in a department of special education in California, with others offering these certifications in psychology.

This proves impressive as BCBA’s must have a doctoral or master's degree in Behavior Analysis, Education, Psychology, and other related fields, and receive extensive training and experience in designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating a wide range of Applied Behavior Analysis programs for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Institutions throughout the country including University of Washington, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Illinois have contacted our Special Education program for information on how to embed the courses in a special education program on their own campus. Congratulations to the new BCBA’s who have earned their certifications!