Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

This program is designed to serve teachers, psychologists, and other human service professionals throughout the nation who wish to acquire skills and knowledge in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). This program also is designed to meet the needs of part-time students, full-time students, currently employed professionals, non-traditional students, and career-changers, among others. Students can take the number of courses they feel is appropriate given their personal situation and ability to handle the coursework. Some students will take only one or two courses per semester, while others may be working full-time toward completing this certificate.

Participating students will be expected to complete a total of 15 semester hours to earn this certificate. The certificate requires completion of five specific courses, one of which is a three credit-hour practicum. The program will take approximately one year to 1 ½ years for full-time students to complete and is delivered entirely online. The primary objectives of this program focuses on students acquiring competencies in the following areas of ABA:

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, and monitor behavioral programs to treat various kinds of behavior issues (e.g., excessive interfering behavior, skill deficits) within a variey of settings such as schools, treatment centers, and work settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct effective functional behavioral assessments and analyses in a variety of applied settings, and then use that information to develop appropriate behavioral intervention plans.
  • Deliver effective behavioral consultation services in school and home environments.
  • Provide a firm foundation in ABA for students who wish to pursue additional work to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
  • Complete a supervised field-based practica with the goal of demonstrating mastery in the ethical and effective application of behavior-change technology appropriate to the needs of the client and demands of instructional and employment settings.