2014-15 Catalogs

Educational Psychology Overview

The USM Educational Psychology Program offers two (2) related programs of study:

  1. Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis concentration (MSABA; 36 credits)
  2. Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA; 21 credits)

Both the M.S. and CABA include the classes required to obtain the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential. The BCBA is a national certification administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The M.S. is for those who want the BCBA but do not have master’s degree. The CABA is for those who want the BCBA but already have a master’s degree (for detailed information see below). The classes in both the MS and CABA are approved by the BACB. There are three (3) steps needed to become a BCBA:

  1. Complete coursework
  2. Complete 1500 hours of internship supervised by a BCBA
  3. Take and pass the national BCBA exam

 USM offers step 1, the coursework, but does not provide steps 2 and 3. Those seeking the BCBA must complete steps 2 and 3 on their own as specified by the BACB. Information about the BCBA application process can be obtained from: http://www.bacb.com/