Educational Psychology

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 Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) 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 (Option 1), individuals must possess an acceptable graduate degree, complete acceptable behavior analytic coursework, complete an acceptable supervised practical experience, and pass the BCBA examination. The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program offers behavior analytic coursework verified by the BACB® to meet training standards established by the Fourth Edition Task List (2012) and Fifth Edition Task List (2017). The program is designed for students with earned graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis, psychology, or education. Completion of supervised practical 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

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 Behavior Analysis

Applicant Qualifications

To be considered for admission to the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program, applicants must possess a minimum of a graduate degree in behavior analysis, education, or psychology. The degree must have been awarded by an institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

*Exception: Students matriculated in the Master of Science in Special Education program at USM may apply for concurrent admission to the certificate program. Although these students may be admitted prior to completing MS degree requirements, the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis will not be awarded until MS degree requirements have been completed.  

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round; however, the following priority deadlines apply:

  • Priority consideration for Spring matriculation: November 1
  • Priority consideration for Summer matriculation: March 15
  • Priority consideration for Fall matriculation:  May 1

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • Resume: A resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • An essay response to the following question: "Why do you seek training in applied behavior analysis?"
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree programs must be made under a separate cover.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

English Proficiency Test Scores

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.  TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.

Transfer Credit

Students admitted to the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program may request permission to transfer up to six graduate credits toward the program. In order for credits to be eligible for transfer, the following criteria must be met:

  • The credits must have been earned for a course that was part of a BACB or ABAI Verified Course Sequence aligned with current task list standards.
  • The credits must have been earned for a graduate course (e.g., 500 level or higher) offered by a qualifying institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • The credits must have been earned for a course that is equivalent, in terms of content knowledge and skill requirements, to a course within the certificate program.
  • The earned grade for the course must be a B or higher (GPA equivalent of 3.0).
  • The credits must have been earned within 5 years from the date when transfer credit is requested.

To request transfer credit, students must submit the relevant course syllabi and official transcripts to the Chair of the Department of Educational and School Psychology. The Chair will consult with program faculty to determine whether or not to approve the request.

If transfer credits are approved, the program will notify the USM Registrar to enter the official transfer onto the student's record. Transferred credits will be noted on the student's USM transcript and counted toward the student's degree program of study.

Professional Licensure and Certification Notice

Students should be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize certification/licensure by state and national credentialing bodies. Students may consult the credentialing body corresponding to their intended occupation for more details. Successful completion of a program of study at USM does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.

Fall 2019 Matriculation

Fall 2019

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning

Spring 2020

  • SPY 605 Principles and Procedures for Instructional Intervention
  • SPY 608 Professional Ethics in Behavior Analysis

Summer 2020

  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention

Fall 2020

  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods

Spring 2021

  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 640 Supervision and Performance Management in Behavior Analysis

Summer 2021

  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving

Spring 2020 Matriculation

Spring 2020

  • SPY 608 Professional Ethics in Behavior Analysis

Summer 2020

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning

Fall 2020

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

Spring 2021

  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 640 Supervision and Performance Management in Behavior Analysis

Summer 2021

  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention

Fall 2021

  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving

Summer 2020 Matriculation

Summer 2020

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning

Fall 2020

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

Spring 2021

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

Summer 2021

  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention

Fall 2021

  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving

Spring 2022

  • SPY 640 Supervision and Performance Management in Behavior Analysis