What Makes the ABA-A Unique

  • What makes the ABA-A Program at Capilano University unique? 

    • This program is the only one in Canada to offer baccalaureate degree and a post-baccalaureate diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis with concentration in Autism in Canada that blends rigorous academic training and professional supervised experience.  The program is recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ (BACB) and successful completion of the program will enable students to be eligible to write the BACB exam to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst™ (BCaBA).  

    Program features: 

    • Flexible entry requirements. For the baccalaureate degree students can enter into third year of the program with any Associates Degree in Arts or Sciences (or equivalent).  For the post-baccalaureate diploma, students can enter into the program with any recognized Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree.
    • Course work in principles of ABA, single-subject research design, ethics, group dynamics and autism spectrum disorders that exceeds the minimum requirements of the BACB.
    • Students work as Behaviour Interventionists (BI’s) throughout the third year of the program providing context for and a personal connection with the course work.  100 hours of the BI work is part of a practicum.
    • The program includes a 500 hour intensive practicum completed in the fourth year.  Students do not need to seek out their own practicum placement but work with the ABA-A Practicum Convenor to find the “best fit” that will provide the student with a good breadth and depth of experience.  The intensive practicum includes individual supervision at the practicum location as well as monthly group supervision on campus.
    • Courses are taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts™ who are professionally active in the community.
    • Small class sizes that promotes individualized learning.