Sample Plans of Study for the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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 or 3 courses at a time (full-time) can do so. 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 on 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. The following sample plans are based upon two of the most common plans students submit for approval:

Plan 1

Fall Semester:
SPCED 609: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Spring Semester:
SPCED 611: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

SPCED 610: Behavioral Consultation (3)

Summer Semester:
SPCED 638: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Fall Semester:
SPCED 660: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Plan 2

Fall Semester:
SPCED 609: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Spring Semester: (Semester long)

SPCED 611: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

SPCE 610: Behavior consultation (3)

Summer Semester: (Semester long)
SPCED 619: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
SPCED 660: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

NOTE: The aforementioned plans will lead to the Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis. In addition, to become eligible to take the BCBA exam, students will need to accumulate 1,500 hours of BCBA-supervised field experience  and earn a masters degree. The link for additional information on becoming a BCBA.