Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #525
CE Offered: BACB
Using the Certified Behavior Analyst Learning Modules Series as a University Curriculum Supplement: Effective Strategies
Monday, May 27, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon AB
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Stephen E. Eversole, Ed.D.
Chair: Stephen E. Eversole (Behavior Development Solutions, LLC)
DEREK JACOB SHANMAN (Nicholls State University)
CHARISSA KNIHTILA (Capella University)
JESSICA PIAZZA (Endicott College)

Many professional positions in behavior analysis require practitioners to be Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Consequently, university programs in behavior analysis have to consider the need for students to pass the national BCBA exam in designing courses. One strategy used by approximately 130 universities is to include the Certified Behavior Analyst (CBA) Learning Module Series as a curriculum supplement to required course work. Independently analyzed data found that 98.5% of first-time test takers passed the BCBA exam when they completed the CBA modules to 100% within 6 months of taking the exam. Verified Course Sequences (VCSs) employ different methodologies to integrate the CBA modules into their curriculum. For example, some use the modules as a standalone course, some split the content across courses, and some use the fluency modules for content review at the end of the program. The purpose of this discussion is for panel and audience members to share their experiences and strategies for using the CBA modules to prepare competent behavior analysts who pass the certification exam. Some of the application methods used by universities appear to positively affect student pass rates and satisfaction with the CBA modules.

Instruction Level: Advanced
Target Audience:

Advanced: Knowledge of verified course sequence requirements, familiarity with the BCBA task list, familiarity with the CBA Learning Module Series,

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this panel presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Identify two methodologies for integrating the CBA Learning Modules into a Verified Course Sequence in Behavior Analysis. 2. Identify a successful strategy for using the CBA modules that positively impacts student exam pass rate. 3. Identify a successful strategy for using the CBA modules that positively impacts student satisfaction with their module experience.
Keyword(s): curriculum supplement, test preparation



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