Q and A Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Q. What is a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for students who wish to develop effective skills and knowledge in the application of behavioral principles for the improvement of socially significant behaviors in the schools, treatment centers, or in the home.

Q: What courses are required for me to earn a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: SPCED 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hrs)
    SPCED 610 Behavioral Consultation (3 credit hrs)
    SPCED 611 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hrs)
    SPCED 619 Professional Issues in Applied Behavior (3 credit hrs)
    SPCED 660 Seminar in Special Education (3 credit hrs)

It is important to note that you have the option of taking SPCED 638 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis in exchange for Verbal Behavior (3 credit hrs).

Q: How long does it take to complete the certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: The certificate program typically can be completed in 12 months. Students completing the Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis can develop a plan of study that fits their life styles. Students can choose to take one course a semester (16 weeks) or take 2 to 3 courses at a time (full-time). The course offerings are designed to be flexible. In addition, the goal is to offer enough sections of each course so students can complete the certificate in a timely fashion. Each student needs to work with his/her advisor to create an appropriate plan of study. Although a student may not follow the exact sequence when completing the courses approved on the Plan of Study, it is important that the courses on the plan be completed before the certificate can be awarded.

Q: How many hours are required to complete the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: To attain the certificate, students will be expected to complete a total of 15 credit hours.

Q: Can students use prior graduate coursework from Ball State University toward the 15-hour Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: Yes, students can apply prior graduate level courses toward the certificate if they are the same courses that are required for the certificate. It is important to remember that graduate courses over five years old cannot be applied to certificates.

Q: Can students transfer graduate courses from other institutions toward the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University?
A: No, courses from other institutions cannot be transferred and applied to the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University.

Q: Can students use the same graduate courses toward two different certificates (e.g., Certificate in Autism and Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis)?
A: No, students are not permitted to use the same courses toward to different certificates. However, if a student is pursing two different certificates, your advisor will work with you to identify an alternate course that you can take or you have already taken that can be used toward one of the certificates so you can attain both certificates.

Q: Do I need to complete a Plan of Study for the certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: Yes, this should be completed prior to starting the certificate program and approved by your advisor.

Q: Where can I complete my practicum for the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: The practicum can be completed in a variety of settings, including schools, mental health centers, hospitals, behavioral centers, group homes, among others.

Q: Do I have to find my own site for the practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: Yes, you are responsible for finding a practicum site. However, the practicum supervisor at Ball State University will assist you in finding a practicum site and making sure the site is appropriate based upon your career goals.

Q: How many courses can I take each semester?
A: Most students take between one and three courses each semester. Taking over four courses per semester would be difficult and not advised.

Q: What are the requirements to be admitted to the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: To be eligible, each student must be admitted into the Graduate School. Also, a student must possess each of the following:

  1. Hold an earned bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by its regional
    accrediting association; and
  2. Have one of the following:
    • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or
    • A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of the
      baccalaureate.