Educational Psychology

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The post master's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA) is offered through the Department of Educational Psychology and Exceptionality and includes an twenty-one-credit program of study related to the research foundations, methods, ethics, and applications of applied behavior analysis. The certificate provides the coursework that leads to the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential. The certificate does not automatically lead to obtaining the BCBA. Becoming a BCBA requires 1,500 hours of supervised work experience in a behavior analytic environment under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The supervised work may be completed concurrent with the coursework, and must be supervised and documented. Visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Web site for detailed information concerning the BCBA credentialing, supervised work, and examination requirements. Upon completion of coursework and supervised work, students must also pass a national exam. Those who complete the required coursework, the supervised work, and pass the national exam will earn the BCBA. The supervised work experience is arranged by the student, independent of the University or Educational Psychology program, and may occur concurrent with or upon completion of the coursework.

Students in the 21-credit certificate program take the following courses:

SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
SPY 602 Clinical Research Methods
SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
SPY 605 Applied Behavior Analysis
SPY 606 Behavior Therapy
SPY 607 Consultation in School Psychology
SPY 608 Ethics for Behavior Analysis

For course descriptions, please click here: http://usm.maine.edu/sehd

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a master's degree. To earn the certificate, students must complete the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Since the Certificate of Applied Behavior Analysis is a post-master's certificate program, applicants not currently matriculated in the M.S. or Psy.D. in school psychology programs must show evidence of a master's degree.

Application Deadline

Rolling with priority deadlines for spring by October 1, summer by March 15, and fall by May 1

  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 by the application deadline.
Application must include:
  • Application for Certificate Program, including a $25.00 nonrefundable application fee;
  • Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities from which you received a degree;
  • Current resume; and
  • Personal statement.

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 separate cover.

Transfer Credit

Students admitted to the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis can request permission to transfer up to six graduate credits toward the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA). In order for credits to be eligible for transfer, they must meet the following criteria:

For students seeking certification for BCBA, any applicable course/s must be transferred from a program that is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

The credits must have been earned as part of a graduate course (e.g., 500 level or higher) offered at a U.S. institution of higher learning accredited at the time the credits were earned by a regional and/or national accrediting body and recognized as accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

The credits must have been earned for a course that is equivalent in content covered and skills developed to one required in the student's USM program of study.

The earned grade for the course must be a B or higher (GPA equivalent of 3.0).

The credits must have been earned within 3 years from the date when transfer credit is requested.

The credits must not have been applied to any previously earned degree.

Transferred credits will be noted on the student's USM transcript and counted toward the student's degree or certificate program of study. To request transfer of credit(s), a student must submit the course syllabus and official transcript(s) showing the grade(s) for the course(s) to the Educational Psychology program coordinator. The coordinator will consult with program faculty to determine if the credit transfer is approved. Once approved, the program will notify the USM Registrar to enter the official transfer onto the student's record.

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Effective Jan 7, 2014 the Educational Psychology program will no longer be accepting applications to the Response to Intervention (RTI) certificates of graduate study.