Demand for Practitioners in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

A trend toward more inclusive classrooms and the mainstreaming of students with or at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) is creating a demand for teachers who have the specialized knowledge and skills to meet the unique needs of this population.

In fact, this need for specially trained practitioners in EBD greatly exceeds the supply of specialists, according to the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE).

Graduate Certificate Has Broad Appeal 

Ball State’s online graduate certificate in EBD is designed for those with undergraduate or graduate degrees in education, psychology, criminal justice, social work, speech/language, or closely related fields. It may also appeal to special education teachers, social workers, police officers, and juvenile justice system personnel.

What You Will Learn

Halfway to a Master’s

Ball State’s online graduate certificate in emotional and behavioral disorders will get you halfway to a 30-credit master’s degree in special education.

The program focuses on the design of educational services for individuals with emotional and/or behavioral conditions, which adversely affect their educational performance. Our certificate program  will prepare you to identify, assess, and evaluate students and behaviors; develop individual education plans and behavior intervention plans; and design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based instructional strategies and interventions for individuals with or at-risk for EBD.

Course content also covers historical developments in the field of EBD; laws and public policies pertaining to the education and treatment of individuals with EBD; identification, assessment, and evaluation of students and behavior; evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions; and program planning and development.

You can start the certificate program at any semester and you can complete the program in one year.

How online learning works Tuition and fees

Courses You Will Take (15 credits)

  • SPCE 632 Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3 credits) 
  • SPCE 634 Educating Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPCE 635 Advanced Studies in EBD (3 credits)
  • SPCE 604 Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers (3 credits)
  • EDPS 606 Human Learning and Achievement Motivation (3 credits)


Both locally and nationally, schools need teachers with specialized preparation to meet the needs of students who have EBD or are at risk for the disorder.

Admission Requirements and How to Apply

To be accepted into the online graduate certificate program in EBD, you simply need to meet the graduate certificate admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

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

Summer semester courses are generally 10 weeks and must be started at the beginning of the term.


We’re One of a Few

Few institutions of higher education offer programs with a focus on emotional and behavioral disorders despite the demand, according to the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE).

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. Certain conditions may apply depending on what regulations your state has and what degree you are seeking. Learn more about state authorization for non-Indiana students.

What More Can We Tell You?

You can help fill the demand for teachers with EBD with Ball State’s online graduate certificate in emotional and behavioral disorders. Request further information or start the application process now.

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Our graduate certificate in emotional and behavioral disorders is housed within Ball State’s Department of Special Education, an academic unit within our nationally recognized Teachers College.