Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis (Advanced Certificate)
The Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis (DABA) credential is an advanced certificate (post diploma/degree) that provides graduates with comprehensive knowledge and skills in the application of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) within a disability context.
This credential is intended to build on lower-level coursework and to present a consistent professional standard of education and qualifications via specialized courses. The core of the program is built on the principles of ABA, an evidence-based, scientific approach to changing human behaviour. Once you graduate, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work with people who have autism.
Get a professional education
The DABA credential is approved by both the Association for Behaviour Analysis International® (ABAI) and the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). These approvals make the credential highly attractive to professionals aspiring to become Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysts (BCaBA) and/or K-to-12 teachers working toward a higher pay level and specialized knowledge base.
As a provider of a BACB verified course sequence (VCS), please go to the BACB website and view the published VCS Pass Rates. You can find the pass rates of previous Douglas College students by selecting the BCaBA pass rate information. Should you see a gap in the data, note that pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year.
Future studies and transfer options
The DABA program has partnered with Simon Fraser University (SFU) to offer a BA Psychology Major with Applied Behaviour Analysis Concentration.
DABA courses can also be used as specialty or elective courses within a number of degree programs at Douglas College, such as the BA in Applied Psychology, as well as other Canadian institutions. Visit the B.C. Transfer Guide and your transfer university’s website regularly to confirm which courses transfer.
NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
This program must be completed in one academic year. Some courses are online, some hybrid, and some in-person. Students must take all DABA program courses offered in a semester unless they have approved transfer credit.
DACS 4114: Functional Behavior Assessment and Clinical Applications*+ (3 credits)
DACS 4123: Applied Behaviour Analysis: Research and Applications *+ (3 credits)
DACS 4122: Foundational Principles and Empirical Basis of Behaviour Analysis *+ (3 credits)
* - verified by the ABAI for 5th Ed. BCaBA coursework + - approved by TQS
Students who were admitted to the program prior to Fall 2020:
- General College Admission Requirements AND
- Have a graduate or bachelor degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 OR be enrolled in 3rd or 4th year of a bachelor degree program from a recognized institution and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33, OR have completed a 2-year diploma or 60 credits from a recognized institution and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or equivalent
- Submit a Letter of Intent outlining the reasons for choosing this program, long-and short-term goals, and strengths and limitations.
- Submit an up-to-date resume.
- Submit two professional letters of reference that support your application.
The selective admission process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the degree to which they have met the admission criteria.
Career opportunities include:
- Behaviour Interventionist
- Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst
- Board Certified Behaviour Analyst
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.