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
- 100% online
- Not eligible for in-state tuition pricing
- Eligible for educator tuition discount
- Traditional Semester
- Face-to-face interaction with faculty
- Eligible for in-state tuition pricing
*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
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.
Note: These recommendations are based upon current BACB standards and are subject to change without prior notice. Students are encouraged to keep apprised of changes by visiting the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website and signing up for their newsletter.
Eligibility to sit for the BACB certification examination requires completion of coursework and experience requirements. There is a verified course sequence to obtain the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate (ABAC). Once enrolled into the ABAC program, individuals who intend to sit for the national certification exam can opt for the following: (a) standard practicum, (b) intensive practicum track, or (c) track supervised independent fieldwork*. Students may complete these practicum either in conjunction with the ABA certificate coursework at George Mason, or after completing the George Mason ABA certificate coursework. Practicum experiences offered by George Mason University have been granted Approved Experience status by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Students must apply for ABA practicum each semester they are interested. Please note that applying for ABA practicum does not guarantee placement.
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. Students may complete all of the hours needed to satisfy the BACB supervised experience requirement through 15 credits of EDSE 795/EDSE 799.
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.