Graduate Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    Feb 01, 2023  
Graduate Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Program Director: Eileen Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D


In this program, you will complete a series of graduate-level classes approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and the Fresno Pacific University Graduate committee. Coursework will prepare you to assist people to learn new behaviors, increase or reduce existing behaviors and teach individuals when to use specific behaviors in specific instances. The scope of these services ranges from addressing challenging behaviors of an individual to changing the behavior of an entire organization, school or school-community. Successful completion of all coursework and supervision hours prepares a candidate to sit for the BCBA Examination. 

Career Opportunities

This program is especially valuable for individuals pursuing their master's in school counseling, school psychology and special education because of the increasing demand in schools for expertise in developing systematic individual behavior support plans. There is also an increasing demand for BCBA certificate holders in the private sector working with adults and children.


Behavior Analyst
Certification Board 

7950 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127, USA

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • One current reference form
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Orientation interview with BCBA enrollment advisor


  • Master's degree in related area
  • or be a candidate for the school counseling/school psychology master's degree or an approved related master's program


The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) standards changed beginning in the Fall of 2021.  The new Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Fifth Edition standards requirements are reflected in the courses listed below.


BCBA Supervised Fieldwork and Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork:

There are two types of fieldwork experiences that qualify for the requirements of the BACB.  Candidates may complete a combination of supervised fieldwork  and concentrated supervised fieldwork.  Or candidates may complete all the required hours in a single type of fieldwork.  Supervised fieldwork requires a total of 2000 hours of fieldwork.  Concentrated supervised fieldwork requires a total of 1500 hours of fieldwork.  Both types of fieldwork must have a minimum of 20 hours per month with a maximum of 130 hours per month of supervision.  Candidates register for the number of units they anticipate can be completed in an 8-week session of a semester.  The supervisory period is one calendar month.  Candidates register for the BCBA Supervised Fieldwork class (PPP 793B) multiple times until the required number of hours has been completed.

Locations Offered

North Fresno Campus, Visalia, Bakersfield, Fresno, and Merced