2020-21 Catalogs

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The post-master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares students for careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) in school and behavioral health settings. BCBAs provide systematic, evidence-based services to promote socially significant skill acquisition and address behaviors that interfere with successful functioning. BCBAs typically conduct behavioral assessments; design, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions; and provide behavior analytic training, consultation, and supervision.

The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program of study includes eight courses (24 graduate credits). These courses have been verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) examination. The program is offered in a fully online (synchronous Zoom meetings) or on-campus format. Students in both online and on-campus programs benefit from regular opportunities to interact directly with program faculty and participate in real-time learning activities with their peers.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) credentials professionals as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs®). To qualify for BCBA certification (Behavior-Analytic Coursework Pathway), individuals must possess an acceptable graduate degree, complete acceptable behavior-analytic coursework, complete an acceptable supervised fieldwork experience, and pass the BCBA examination. The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program is designed for students with earned graduate degrees and offers behavior-analytic coursework verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet training standards established by the Fourth Edition Task List (2012) and Fifth Edition Task List (2017). Completion of supervised fieldwork experiences and the BCBA examination must be arranged by students independent of the program. Supervised experiences may occur concurrent with or upon completion of the coursework.

Additional information about BCBA certification requirements may be obtained here: http://www.bacb.com.

Additional information about state legislation regulating the licensure and practice of behavior analysts may be obtained here: https://www.bacb.com/u-s-licensure-of-behavior-analysts/

The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is awarded upon completion of the following eight courses (24 graduate credits):  

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods
  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 605 Principles and Procedures for Instructional Intervention
  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention
  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • SPY 608 Professional Ethics in Behavior Analysis
  • SPY 640 Supervision and Performance Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

The following course sequences are recommended for students pursuing full-time study. Part-time options are also available.

Fall 2020 Matriculation

Fall 2020

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods

Spring 2021

  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 608 Professional Ethics in Behavior Analysis

Summer 2021

  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention
  • SPY 640 Supervision and Performance Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

Fall 2021

  • SPY 605 Principles and Procedures for Instructional Intervention
  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving

Spring 2021 Matriculation

Spring 2021

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 608 Professional Ethics in Behavior Analysis

Summer 2021

  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods
  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention

Fall 2021

  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 605 Principles and Procedures for Instructional Intervention

Spring 2022

  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • SPY 640 Supervision and Performance Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

Summer 2021 Matriculation

Summer 2021

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 608 Professional Ethics in Behavior Analysis

Fall 2021

  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods
  • SPY 605 Principles and Procedures for Instructional Intervention

Spring 2022                                               

  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention

Summer 2022

  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • SPY 640 Supervision and Performance Management in Applied Behavior Analysis