Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to the study of behavior. It is concerned with describing, explaining, predicting, and changing behavior.
Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate with MEd Option
The ABA graduate certificate is designed to increase the professional training of individuals responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring behavioral treatment and verbal behavior training programs in schools, private practices, and agencies such as psychiatric hospitals and training centers. The applied behavior analysis certificate is based on the standards of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.
Fully Online Program*
- Not eligible for educator tuition discount
- 8 week modules
- Practicum not available
- Eligible for educator tuition discount
- Traditional Semester
- Practicum available
*Effective for students entering in spring 2018 or subsequent semesters.
- EDSE 619: Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy (3 credits)
- EDSE 621: Applied Behavior Analysis: Empirical Bases (3 credits)
- EDSE 623: Applied Behavior Analysis: Assessments and Interventions (3 credits)
- EDSE 624: Applied Behavior Analysis: Applications (3 credits)
- EDSE 625: Applied Behavior Analysis: Verbal Behavior (3 credits)
- EDSE 664: Ethical and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
Total: 18 credits
EDSE 795 - Standard Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum and EDSE 799 - Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum may be taken to meet the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) supervised practicum requirements.
NOTE: This is not a teacher licensure program.
Students who are completing the Master's in Special Education in conjunction with their ABA certificate program will need to complete the following courses to meet the MEd course requirements. Click here for a chart showing overlap in coursework of the certificate and MEd.
- EDSE 501: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
- EDSE 517: Computer Applications for Special Populations (3 credits)
- EDSE 590: Special Education Research (3 credits)
- EDSE or EDAT elective (3 credits) if enrolled in on-campus program. For students entering in spring 2018 or subsequent semesters, EDAT 524 if enrolled in the online program.
Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. Undergraduates can start their graduate ABA coursework as a student in the Accelerated Master’s program.
Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain either a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education within an accelerated time frame. The Accelerated Master’s program allows students to apply six credits, taken while an undergraduate, toward both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Additionally, students can take an additional six credits as reserve graduate credit in order to start their MEd program with twelve graduate credits already completed.