Behavior Analysis Board Affirms Certification Changes Despite an appeal from ASHA President Elizabeth McCrea, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board will not reconsider its decision to discontinue the speech-language pathology master’s degree as an approved qualifying degree for certification in applied behavior analysis. A master’s degree in speech-language pathology (along with specific training and experience) will, until ... ASHA News
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Behavior Analysis Board Affirms Certification Changes
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ASHA News   |   July 01, 2014
Behavior Analysis Board Affirms Certification Changes
The ASHA Leader, July 2014, Vol. 19, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN6.19072014.60
The ASHA Leader, July 2014, Vol. 19, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN6.19072014.60
Despite an appeal from ASHA President Elizabeth McCrea, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board will not reconsider its decision to discontinue the speech-language pathology master’s degree as an approved qualifying degree for certification in applied behavior analysis.
A master’s degree in speech-language pathology (along with specific training and experience) will, until Dec. 31, 2015, qualify a candidate for the board certified behavior analyst credential. After that date, only master’s degrees in behavior analysis or in education or psychology with an approved sequence of coursework automatically qualify a candidate for the credential. Other degree-holders must complete a master’s degree in one of those three areas to qualify for the certification (see “A Closer Look at Certification Changes for Behavior Analysts,” April 2014).
“This change will reduce the number of speech-language pathologists who will have the opportunity to apply for the BCBA,” McCrea stated in the letter. “Individuals with autism spectrum disorder benefit from working with professionals who have both ASHA certification and the BCBA. Despite the … alternate ways for speech-language pathologists to receive the BCBA, the change creates a large barrier and significantly limits access. We have concerns about the potential negative impact on children with ASD if this change goes into effect.”
In a response reaffirming the original decision, James Carr, chief executive officer of the BACB, noted that any graduate degree that includes a BACB-approved course sequence will meet the new requirements. In addition, he said, those who do not meet the BCBA degree requirement can pursue the board certified assistant behavior analyst credential.
2 Comments
August 19, 2014
David Gonzalez
why education and not slps
How is a education major more germaine to treat children with ASD. The first sentence of the diagnoatic criteria of the DSM V for ASD states a deficit in communication skills. This is absurd.
October 24, 2014
Maegan Kiger
Assistant really?
I'm pretty sure no SLP with a masters is going to want to become an assistant. behavior analyst.
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