4 Reasons Why Teachers Should Become ABA Certified

As an educator, you probably already know the opportunities available in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Often used in work with individuals on the autism spectrum and/or with other disabilities, this approach offers teachers and schools lots of ways to help students in their learning, skill development, and behavior. 
Here are our top 4 reasons that you or the educators you supervise should get certified in ABA as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA):
1. ABA can benefit many students.
It’s really all about the students. ABA helps educators provide better service to students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 14% of public school students receive special education services—that’s about seven million people! With proper training and development, ABA practitioners help these children with autism and/or other disabilities work on skills to lead better lives. Even students without disabilities can benefit from ABA.
2. ABA certification equips you for effective Special Education.
Special education is a legal requirement in public schools, and ABA provides tremendous benefits to effective special education practice. According to this article by paautism.org, ABA “provides an evidence-based framework for addressing the needs of students with autism within inclusive educational settings.” ABA and inclusive practices are not only compatible frameworks but are also powerful methods of assuring educational progress for students with autism.
3. ABA certification puts you in high-demand.
The search for ABA-certified educators has increased exponentially. A 2020 report by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board showed the demand for BCBAs has grown by 3,571% since 2010! In 2018–2019 alone, that need grew by 80%. Likewise, the demand for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts mirrored that growth at 51,491% and 157% respectively. The point: there is a huge need for BCBAs and educators with BCBA certification, and that need has every sign of increasing. With this credential on your resume, you’ll have more job opportunities, more marketability, and you’ll be in high demand.
4. ABA programs are flexible and widely available.
ABA certificate and master’s programs are offered online by colleges everywhere. Many of these programs can fit into a busy schedule, allowing participants to complete the process alongside a full-time job. Plus, programs can be done in as little as 1.5–2 years.
(To hear about one of our own Cairn students balancing a job, a family, and our program, check out Helen’s story.)
Beyond these reasons, there may be many more that are specific to you or the educators you supervise. To learn more about our ABA programs here at Cairn University, visit our program page or contact our admissions office.

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