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Applied Behavior Analysis (Certificate)

Conceptual Framework

The mission of the School of Education is to prepare highly effective educators, school counselors, and school leaders who believe in full inclusion, who value diversity, who are reflective, and who are knowledgeable about best practices. Therefore, we ask Sage educators, counselors, and leaders to consider two essential questions throughout their studies and field experiences: Who am I in the lives of those with whom I work? Who am I in the life of my educational community?  We expect all Sage candidates to demonstrate leadership and create optimal educational outcomes for all learners.

The motto of Russell Sage College, “To Be, To Know, To Do,” informs the educational purpose of The Sage Colleges, where the common effort is to translate learning into action and application, within a framework that recognizes the obligation of educated persons to lead and serve their communities.  In the School of Education, this motto is extended to form the basis for our programs.  We expect Sage candidates:

I.  To be well-grounded in knowledge about schools/communities, learners and learning, the Sage candidates will:

  • Understand self in relation to learners, their families, and the local and global community -  particularly in terms of power, privilege and knowledge with regard to culture, class, language, ability and gender;
  • Use interpersonal skills and demonstrate collaborative attitudes which result in successful partnerships with colleagues, families, and other community members;
  • Improve society by modeling and using democratic practices in their settings;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to substantive self reflection, consideration of quantifiable and qualitative data, on-going learning and professional development;

II. To know curricular content and models of instruction, including technology and its application,  the Sage candidates will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to respond to the strengths and needs of all learners, using assessment data to inform instructional decisions;
  • Use knowledge in their designated fields to inspire learners to grow and to meet high standards;
  • Employ/promote pedagogical/counseling/leadership practices that engage learners in active ways;
  • Demonstrate knowledge in their content areas ensuring maximum achievement for all learners. 

III. To do what is necessary to ensure the success of all learners–and to collaborate with families/community members in respectful, culturally responsive ways, the Sage candidate will:

  • Engage in reflective practices;
  • Demonstrate a positive, respectful view of learners, their families, communities, and colleagues; listen deeply to the experiences and perspectives of all those within the community to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment;
  • Model ethical behavior and active citizenship; promote the success of all learners through advocacy, action, and the development of leadership throughout the community;
  • Build trust and garner support for a vision of inclusive schools that value diversity. 

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Welcome to the Center for Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA) and the Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis!

Are you interested in becoming a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)?  Do you want to learn effective strategies that will make a difference to children and adults who can benefit from behavior analysis?  Then the Sage Graduate Schools’ Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is for you.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the only effective treatment of autism.  With the rise in incidence of autism, and the many challenges faced by these individuals and their families, there is a crucial need for well-trained, competent professionals in the field of ABA.  The Sage Colleges’ Center for Applied Behavior Analysis offers a Certificate program appropriate for professionals who wish to further their education in ABA, and to sit for the Board Certification exam in behavior analysis.  The Certificate program is appropriate for a professional who already possesses a Master’s degree (or higher) in a related field, such as education, speech pathology, or psychology.

The Certificate program provides students with the necessary coursework and practicum experience needed to take the certification exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  The five required courses are presented in an entirely on-line format, which allows for multi-media, interactive presentation of material.  Students are actively engaged in their learning process, and can participate in the program from anywhere in the world, on their own time.  Each student receives a highly personalized interactive experience with his/her professors, as well as the opportunity to interact with other students from many different geographic areas.

Within the practicum course sequence, students apply the principles of ABA with real clients, under the dual supervision of their on-site supervisor and their course professor.  Sage’s CABA programs are unique among other university-level programs in that they provide for all preparation and requirements for students to take the BCBA exam, rather than just providing academic coursework.  If students do not have local BCBA professionals available to supervise them, Sage will assist in finding them.

Applied Behavior Analysis is not only a treatment for autism, but also an effective framework for teaching in general.  Our professors and adjuncts are all behavior analysts who recognize the power of technology to teach students at every level.  Our programs are broadly focused on training professionals in the best, evidence-based practices, while individualizing each students’ educational experience to maximize his/her experience of the program.

Your studies will combine two tracks, plus supervised practice.  You will thoroughly study Applied Behavior Analysis, both the conceptual underpinnings as well as the skills necessary to effect behavioral change.  You will learn strategies for defining and assessing behaviors, development of instructional goals that are measurable, antecedent strategies to promote learning, use of consequences to effect positive change, and rules for determining success and mastery.  You will learn the procedures and strategies for dealing with language development, abnormal behavioral patterns, and socialization issues.  Your application of these skills will be evaluated in clinical settings where you will be working with persons with autism and other disorders.


Your faculty fo rthe ABA courses are all Board Certified Behavior Analysts who hav experience working with children and adults who are affected by autism spectrum disorders and will bring to your education the reality of working with this population.  The supervisors of your clinical practica are nationally Board certified and have broad experience dealing with myriad challenges that afflict persons with autism.


Applicants for admission to the Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism program must meet the Sage Graduate Schools admission requirements:

  • Official transcripts of ALL previous undergraduate and/or graduate study
  • Two letters of reference (academic or professional)
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics, history and systems of psychology (not required of psychology majors), and at least three other behavioral sciences courses
  • Satisfactory “Personal Prospectus” statement regarding rationale for interest in the program
  • Phone interview
  • Current resume

Those who do not fully meet the requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis if they show promise for success in the program.

Degree Requirements

Total Credits : 24

Students Who Do Not Possess a Master's Degree

Students who do not possess a master’s degree and are interested in board certification as a Behavior Analyst, may choose to complete The Sage Colleges’ Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Master’s Program, and receive a recommendation to take the examination that leads to BCBA certfiication.

Eligibility for Board Certification

Those who complete the master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism are eligible to take the national examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Notice to Applicants & Candidates

Services restricted to New York State licensed professionals, including licensed psychologists, cannot be rendered by program students or graduates unless: (a) they are licensed in New York Sate to provide such services, or (b) they provide those services in an exempt setting as salaried employees.

School of Education Attendance Policy

While individual instructors may approach attendance and participation in varied way in their grading policies, students in the School of Education should be aware that missing 1/4 (25%) or more of class sessions MAY result in AUTOMATIC class failure.  Class content and participation are vital to meeting the objectives of School of Education courses.