Question 4. Choosing between, university issued certificate/degrees, BCBA and QABA professional credentialing, implications?

Quite simply, an unaccredited education program or university means that you won’t be able to
access federal financial aid (that FAFSA application) or receive higher salary offers. Depending on
your state, you may not even have the option to take the necessary exams to receive a teaching
license unless you attend an accredited program.

As you check various universities and colleges out, make sure that you dig deeply to verify whether
the university or education program is accredited or not. Accreditation is a voluntary step. Not every
program will be accredited.

This lack of accreditation means that you, your parents, financial aid organizations and employers
wouldn’t be sure of the quality of your education. Without accreditation, they won’t know whether
your professors were of the best quality.

A top-notch College of Education should have an accreditation from an education-based accrediting
organization as well, or a state-approved teacher preparation program. In addition, if it has
accreditations from other agencies, to cover special education, mental health, athletics, speech and
hearing, school psychology, and a state education department, then you will know the program is
definitely of the highest quality.