Educational Psychology

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The post-master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is offered through the Department of Educational and School Psychology. The program includes eight courses (24 graduate credits) verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to address the skills and knowledge required for competent, ethical practice as a behavior analyst. All courses are offered in fully online (synchronous delivery) or on-campus formats.

The BACB credentials professionals as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). To qualify for BCBA certification, individuals must have an acceptable graduate degree, complete approved behavior analytic coursework, engage in supervised practice, and pass a national examination. USM’s certificate program offers behavior analytic coursework verified by the BACB to meet training standards established by the BACB Fourth Edition Task List (2012). The program is designed for students with earned graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis, psychology, or education. Completion of supervised practice experiences and the national examination must be arranged by students independently of the USM program. Supervised experiences may occur concurrent with or upon completion of the coursework.

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 (e.g., master’s or doctoral) 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 (i.e., admission prior to completing MS degree requirements).

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadlines

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

  • Priority consideration for Spring 2019 matriculation: November 1, 2018
  • Priority consideration for Summer 2019 matriculation: March 15, 2019
  • Priority consideration for Fall 2019 matriculation:  May 1, 2019

*Due to prerequisite requirements, matriculation in the Fall semester is strongly encouraged.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • A $25 non-refundable application fee
  • 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: Submit 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.

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.

Applicants whose first language is not English  

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.

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.

Transfer Credit

Students admitted to the post-master’s certificate program can request permission to transfer up to six (6) graduate credits toward the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. In order for credits to be eligible for transfer, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicable credits must be transferred from a program that is verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to meet the Fourth Edition Task List standards.
  • The credits must have been earned as part of 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 USM’s 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 certificate program of study.