Behavioural Interventions

Certificate of Achievement

The Behavioural Interventions Certificate of Achievement (BICA) program provides a blend of academic training and skill development in applied behaviour analysis (ABA). ABA principles and procedures are applicable across a wide range of human services, and especially in the assistance and treatment of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

This program will also enable students to meet the course requirements to become a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA®), as specified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®). Information about the BCaBA®, and the additional requirements for it (practical experience component and final examination), can be found at the BACB website.

Instructional Hours

Approximately 45 hours are required to complete each course in this certificate.

Admission Requirements

Program admission requirements for the Behavioural Interventions Certificate of Achievement are as follows:
• Applicants need to have completed MacEwan’s PSYC 281 Principles of Behaviour or equivalent, have completed or be currently enrolled in MacEwan's PSYC 385 Applications of Behaviour or equivalent and have completed a minimum of 60 university credits in a degree program.


Current MacEwan University students enrolled in a program while concurrently completing the BICA courses will be assessed according to their program fees as listed on the MacEwan website for that particular program.

External applicants, or MacEwan University graduates, must be enrolled as an Open Studies student and will be assessed the course fees for Open Studies courses.

Enrolment Information

A limited number of seats are available. Therefore, the selection process will be competitive based on your grades, interests and statement of intent. For information regarding program and application timelines, please contact BICA@macewan.

Current MacEwan psychology students who have enrolled or plan to enrol in the Behavioural Interventions Certificate of Achievement (BICA) program will be permitted to use the PABA courses to fulfill the general requirements of the PSYC major and Honours.

The BICA program is comprised of three PABA courses as well as the completion of PSYC 281 and PSYC 385. Students must be admitted to the BICA program to enrol in PABA courses.

Completion Requirements

PABA 485 Single-Case Research Designs
This course is an introduction to single-case research designs. It will examine the use of single-case designs to assess various dimensions of behaviour and evaluate the effects of behavioural interventions. The challenges and limitations of single-case research will be discussed, as well as the manner in which single-case data can be used to establish the validity of evidence-based interventions. The course will encompass a broad range of research within the behaviour analytic literature and that of other disciplines, including school psychology, medicine, and business.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in PSYC 385 or equivalent.
Offered evenings in the Fall term (September to December)

PABA 487 Clinical Behaviour Analysis and Professional Ethics
Psychotherapies rooted in behaviour analysis include functional analytic psychotherapy, behaviour activation therapies, dialectical behaviour theory, and acceptance and commitment therapy. This course will focus on interventions with verbally competent clients (including self-management) by understanding language development from a behaviouristic perspective, and by analyzing advanced language and cognition from a post-Skinnerian viewpoint (i.e., relational frame theory, derived relations, rule-governed behaviour, etc.). This course will also focus on the ethical standards for behaviour analysis in professional practice. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in PSYC 281 and PSYC 385 or equivalent.
Offered evenings in the Winter term (January to April)

PABA 486 Behavioural Interventions in Developmental Disabilities
This course examines the application of behaviour analysis in practice with developmental disabilities, specifically in autism. Research and the clinical recommendations for behavioural interventions in practice will also be examined, along with the practice guidelines of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and the National Standards Project in Autism. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in PSYC 385 or equivalent.
Offered evenings in the Spring term (May to June)

BACB® Verified Course Sequence for BCaBA® Certification
The Behavior Analyst Certificate Board, Inc®. has approved the following MacEwan University course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination:
PSYC 281, PSYC 385, PABA 386, PABA 485 and PABA 486.
Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Please visit the BACB® website for information regarding BCaBA® certification requirements.

Please note: Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

Behavioural Science Seminars
If you are interested in taking the above Behavioural Interventions courses in a non-credit format for personal or professional interest, please email to request further information.


If you have any questions about your enrolment, or if you would prefer not to enrol online, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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