Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

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.

Delivery Format Educator Tuition Discount Schedule Practicum
Fully Online Program Not eligible* 8 week modules* Not available*
Campus/Hybrid Program Eligible Traditional Semester Available

*Effective for students entering in spring 2018 or subsequent semesters.

Certificate Requirements

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.

Master's Option

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.

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Undergraduate Studies

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. Undergraduate ABA classes provides students the coursework needed to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination.


 Caroline Foster Student
Student Insights

Caroline Foster, Student, MEd in Special Education & ABA Certificate

"I was drawn to pursuing my Master's degree at GMU because of the assistantship with the Mason LIFE Program. There have been many aspects of my time in the program that I have thoroughly enjoyed. My assistantship has allowed me to apply what I am learning in my courses, every single day. The experience and knowledge you will gain in this program is truly one of a kind, I highly suggest you look no further!"