A VCS Coordinator is responsible for the communication between the institution and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The VCS Coordinator submits the application, maintains accurate records, completes the renewal application, and communicates coursework requirements to students.
VCS Coordinator Requirements
The VCS Coordinator must do all of the following:
- Meet one of the instructor qualifications (details in handbook);
- Hold full-time faculty status (e.g. professor, program chair, department head) at the institution in which the VCS is offered;
- Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution (VCS Coordinators for standalone BCaBA sequences may hold a master’s degree or higher);
- Be authorized by the academic or administrative head of the institutional unit (e.g. department, college) to make decisions, including payment of application fees, on behalf of the proposed course sequence and all of its students and instructors. A verification letter will be required (a template is available).
The VCS Handbook contains all of the policies and procedures regarding Verified Course Sequences.
VCS Instructor Qualifications
VCS instructors must meet one of the following criteria to teach in the VCS:
- Hold BCBA or BCBA-D certification.
- Hold a doctoral degree and have completed behavior-analytic coursework requirements (template).
- Have completed at least three years (cumulative) of full-time faculty teaching and research at an accredited higher education institution within a five-year period (template).
- Be enrolled in a behavior-analytic doctoral program (e.g., an ABAI accredited doctoral program) at the applying university or at another university with a BCBA-level VCS, with all coursework requirements complete (template).
- Hold a doctoral degree from a program accredited by ABAI.
- Hold a doctoral degree, in a relevant discipline, from an accredited higher education institution and hold a faculty position in a program accredited by ABAI.
- Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution and have established, over a period of at least five years after receipt of the degree, a track record of meritorious contributions in behavior analysis.
Please see the VCS handbook for additional instructor qualification information.
By serving both U.S. and non-U.S. programs, ABAI's role is to establish the minimum qualifications for instructors. Instructors must also meet requirements of their institution's regional/national accrediting agency.