What will I study?
This 36-credit degree program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become
a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®). The degree program includes all required
course work and supervision hours to be eligible to sit for the national Board Certified
Behavior Analyst exam.
What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?
Board Certified Behavior Analysts are experts in the science of learning. They conduct
assessments and design instructional programs to teach new skills and decrease challenging
behaviors, ultimately helping individuals improve their quality of life and become
Where will I work as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?
Board Certified Behavior Analysts often work with individuals with intellectual and
developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. This national credential
will allow you to work in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, clinics,
residential programs, and the community.
How do I become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?
To be eligible to take the national exam to obtain the Board Certified Behavior Analyst
credential, you must:
- Have a Masters degree
- Complete 305 graduate-level clock hours (i.e., 21 graduate-level credits) of course
work in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Complete supervision hours under the mentorship of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
The M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of South Carolina is a 36
credit degree completed in 5 semesters. It includes:
- 7, 3-credit courses to meet the current BACB requirements for 305 graduate-level clock
hours in Applied Behavior Analysis.
- 15 credits of practicum to obtain all required supervision hours
All courses require some on-campus attendance; this is not a fully online degree program.
Cohorts begin every fall, application deadline is January 15.
Why choose the University of South Carolina?
Our Board Certified Behavior Analyst courses are taught by passionate faculty members
who are dedicated to student success. Courses are delivered in a hybrid format consisting
of a combination of online and on-campus meetings. This provides both the flexibility
of online courses and the interaction of face-to-face courses. Our faculty in applied
behavior analysis are actively conducting research in the field, and students have
the opportunity to become involved in those research projects.
Applied Behavior Analysis Faculty
Ashley King Holt, Ph.D., BCBA
Ashley is a clinical assistant professor who supervises practicum experiences and
teaches coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her research interests include staff/parent
training, skill development, and evidence-based practices.
Lauren LeJeune, Ph.D., BCBA
Lauren is a clinical instructor who teaches Applied Behavior Analysis course work
and supervises practicum experiences. Her research and clinical interests include
interventions for challenging behavior and educator/caregiver training.
Katie Wolfe, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Katie is an associate professor who teaches courses on Applied Behavior Analysis,
autism, and single-case research designs. She conducts research on the visual analysis
of single-case research data, on interventions to increase communication skills, and
on data-based decision making.
Where can I see the pass-rate data for this program?
The University of South Carolina's Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification
course sequence has been verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. We
are not able to publish our pass-rate because we had fewer than six first-time candidates
in a single year.