Becoming an Applied Behavior Analyst in Connecticut

While many states have adopted Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification as a requirement for state licensure as an Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA), other states have alternative requirements or offer no behavior analyst licenses at all. Connecticut is one of the states requiring BCBA certification for state licensure. This guide will help you understand what you need to do to become a behavior analyst in the state or Connecticut.

Information on this page was retrieved from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board as of September 2022. Requirements for behavior analyst licensure may change. Be sure to check with the licensing board for up to date information.

Is Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification Required to Become an ABA in Connecticut?

In the state of Connecticut, you must be a BCBA in order to practice behavior analysis. Before you can become certified, you will need to earn an eligible master’s, accrue fieldwork, and pass an exam, according to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Learn more about how to become a BCBA.

Connecticut Behavior Analyst Fieldwork Requirements

Since a BCBA is required to practice behavior analysis in Connecticut, either 1,500 hours of concentrated supervised fieldwork or 2,000 hours of supervised fieldwork will need to be completed by the applicant. After a student attends the first class session of his or her degree program, he or she can begin working on field requirements. For some programs, fieldwork will be baked right into the curriculum and no further arrangements will need to be made by the student. Other programs will only offer some of the required fieldwork as part of the curriculum, or none at all. In these cases, fieldwork will need to be pursued outside of the program so that requirements for sitting for the BCBA exam are met. Below, you will find information on fieldwork requirements for the ABA programs in Connecticut that are Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) verified course sequences.

ABA Master’s Programs in Connecticut

The following table offers information on ABA master’s programs offered in the state of Connecticut. Further down, you will find information on each program’s practicum offerings:

Program Degree City Mode
Southern Connecticut State University Master’s Degree in Special Education: Concentration in ABA New Haven On Campus
University of Saint Joseph Applied Behavior Analysis, MS West Hartford On Campus
Western Connecticut State University MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Danbury Online

Southern Connecticut State University 

Southern Connecticut State University offers a Master’s Degree in Special Education with the option to concentrate in ABA. This 30 credit program is completed on the SCSU campus. Fieldwork is not a part of the curriculum.

University of Saint Joseph

The University of Saint Joseph offers an MS in Applied Behavior Analysis. This 45-51 credit program is offered on campus. Fieldwork will vary by student as there are a couple of different options available – contact the program directly to learn more about the different options.

Western Connecticut State University 

Western Connecticut State University offers an MS in Applied Behavior Analysis. This 30 credit program has coursework that is completed online and no fieldwork in the curriculum.

Online ABA Programs

There are also several online ABA programs that Connecticut residents can complete. Online ABA programs are appealing in that they offer additional flexibility to busy students – no commuting is required when learning from the comfort of home! Online programs will vary in delivery – for those looking for something interactive there are programs where courses are taught via webcam in a virtual classroom. For those with the busiest schedules there are programs offering pre recorded lectures so that students can learn on their own time. Research different options to find ones that best suit your needs!

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 Connecticut

Once you are a BCBA, you can apply for licensure through the Connecticut Department of Public Health. A $350 initial application fee is required, along with submission of an online application. The department will verify BCBA certification for the applicant online.

How Do You Maintain Your Applied Behavior Analyst License in Connecticut?

The renewal fee for behavior analyst licenses in Connecticut is $175.

Last updated September 2022