Requirements for licensure as an Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) may vary by state, though more and more states are adopting standardized guidelines. Even those states who do require Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification, which may be considered the standard, will have their own department and process for submitting materials and squaring away state licensure. This guide will help you understand what you need to do to become a behavior analyst in the state or Arizona.
Is Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification Required to Become an ABA in Arizona?
BCBA certification is needed in order to practice as a behavior analyst in the state of Arizona. In order to qualify for certification as a BCBA, you will need an eligible master’s degree, fieldwork, and passage of the BCBA exam, according to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Learn more about how to become a BCBA.
Arizona Behavior Analyst Fieldwork Requirements
Either 1,500 hours of concentrated supervised fieldwork or 2,000 hours of supervised fieldwork will be required in order to become a behavior analyst in Arizona, because this is what is required for BCBA certification. Students can start accruing field experience once they attend the first class session of their master’s program. Programs themselves will require varying amounts of fieldwork – with some ABA master’s you will complete all the fieldwork you need in order to become certified as part of your program curriculum. Other programs may have no fieldwork requirement at all – you will be responsible for gaining that experience outside of your program. Programs with no practicum component will offer students varying degrees of assistance in securing fieldwork opportunities. Below, you will find information on fieldwork requirements for the ABA programs in Arizona that are Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) verified course sequences.
ABA Master’s Programs in Arizona
The following table offers information on ABA master’s programs offered in the state of Arizona. Further down, you will find information on each program’s practicum offerings:
|Arizona State University||Online MA in Special Education – Applied Behavior Analysis||Tempe||Online|
|Arizona State University||MS in Applied Behavior Analysis||Tempe||On Campus|
Arizona State University (MA in Special Education)
The MA in Special Education offered by Arizona State University has a behavior analysis track. This 30 semester hour program. This is an online program with no practicum component, so fieldwork will need to be completed outside of the degree.
Arizona State University (MS in Applied Behavior Analysis)
ASU Also offers an MS in Applied Behavior Analysis for those who can attend on campus. This program is 30 semester hours and does not include a practicum component. There is an optional practicum component that students can take through the school, or fieldwork can be sought outside of the program.
Online ABA Programs
If you are in search of additional ABA degree programs to choose from but do not want to go far, you may want to take a look at online ABA programs. These programs do not require commuting or uprooting, making them a flexible option for many students. With today’s technology, the online experience can be quite engaging, with some programs featuring live, interactive classes and discussions via webcams. Other programs will have pre recorded materials that students can view – for the busiest of students options like these are the only ones that may fit into their schedule. The variety of online programs out there caters to different schedules and learning styles.
This resource on online ABA programs can help you explore online ABA program options. Our guide to admission requirements by program can help you determine which programs, including online programs, you may wish to apply to.
Applied for Behavior Analyst Licensure in Arizona
Once you are a BCBA, you can apply for licensure through the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. A $350 fee is required, along with proof of fieldwork completion and transcripts. After your license is approved, you will be charged an additional $500.
How Do You Maintain Your Applied Behavior Analyst License in Arizona?
Behavior Analyst licenses are renewed biennially in Arizona, with the renewal fee being $500.