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BACB Approved

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved this course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination

Earning a certificate in applied behavior analysis (ABA) will increase your understanding of core concepts and strategies used to treat various kinds of behavior issues.

Our completely online certificate program can be incorporated into a master’s degree in special education or master's in ABA, or earned independently of a degree to demonstrate a concentration area.

The applied behavior analysis certificate is an important step in becoming board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). In addition to the certificate, you must possess a master's degree in an approved field, complete independent BCBA supervised field experience hours, and complete one additional course (SPCE691) to be eligible to take the BCBA examination.

Course Requirements

The 15-credit ABA graduate certificate includes specialized training in the practice of applied behavior analysis. The certificate can be incorporated into a master's program or earned independently of a master’s degree to demonstrate a concentration area. However, you must have a master’s in an approved area, complete 1500 supervised field experience hours, and complete one additional course (SPCE 691) to be eligible to take the BCBA exam.

Specific courses may vary slightly based on student objectives. For effective program planning, a discussion of your career goals with an advisor is highly recommended.

Please note that the ABA graduate certificate does not lead to a teaching license. Graduate certificates will not accept transfer credits.

  • SPCE 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • SPCE 610 Behavior Consultation (3 credits)
  • SPCE 611 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • SPCE 619 Ethics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits) 
  • SPCE 689 Verbal Behavior (3 credits)

Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Semester: April 15
  • Fall Semester: July 10
  • Spring Semester: November 15

Summer semester courses are generally 10 weeks and must be started at the beginning of the term. All autism and applied behavior analysis (ABA) courses are offered every semester, providing you tremendous flexibility in scheduling courses around your busy life.

Application

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

International Applicants

If the degree is offered only in an online format, U.S. policies will not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses. However, you may be able to study online from your home country. 

International Students Studying Online Only

If you’re an international student, in addition to meeting the requirements above, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.

If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.

International Students Studying on Campus 

You can only study on campus if the degree has either an on-campus or blended option. Online only degrees cannot be taken on campus. If you’re an international student and wish to study on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs

Admission deadlines for international students are earlier. 

Please review the admission deadlines from the Rinker Center so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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