Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis focuses on developing the skills to transfer basic principles of behavior analysis into effective and comprehensive functional behavioral assessments, behavioral interventions, and program evaluation. Students in the 24 credit hour Graduate Certificate program complete 7 courses approved by ABAI and 1 elective course using the BACB 5th edition Task List.

Goal 1: Succeed as practicing behavior specialists

Students will be able to:

Objective 1.1:  Identify and discuss the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Objective 1.2: Apply the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to real world scenarios.

ABA 601Concpts & Prin of Behav Analys3
ABA 602Ethics & Prof in Behav Analys3
ABA 603Measuring Eval Behav Change3
ABA 604Behavior Assessment3
ABA 605Behavior Change Procedures3
ABA 606Collab, Superv, & Mgmt in BA3
ABA 607Science and Philosophy of BA3
ABA 608Capstone: Applied Bahav Analys3
Total Hours24

ABA 601 Concpts & Prin of Behav Analys (3 credits)

This introductory course focuses on the concepts and principles of behavior analysis, a natural science approach to studying behavior. It covers principles of learning and behavior from relatively simple animal studies to more complex issues such as the acquisition of human language. Examples of topics reviewed in depth include operant and respondent conditioning, reinforcement, punishment, extinction, shaping, chaining, stimulus control, and verbal behavior. Multi-disciplinary, real world examples and applications will be introduced.

ABA 602 Ethics & Prof in Behav Analys (3 credits)

This course focuses on ethics and professionalism in behavior analysis, with a emphasis on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts and the corresponding disciplinary system. This course familiarizes students with ethical problem solving and practice related to the application of behavior analysis. Topics include regulations, laws, policies, and societal issues of importance related to culture, human rights, punishment, parenting, education, behavior management, and workplace behavior. Students learn to demonstrate professionalism in the field and practice resolving ethical dilemmas from case studies and their work settings. Connections are made to relevant ethical codes from multi-disciplinary and related fields as students learn to think, resolve issues, and behave like an ethical behavior analyst.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

ABA 603 Measuring Eval Behav Change (3 credits)

This course addresses defining behavior, collecting data, calculating inter-observer agreement, and creating graphical displays of data. It teaches students the characteristics of behavior analytic experiments that are methodologically and logically sound, socially valid, and ethical. We explore the major experimental designs used in behavior analysis, practice interpretation and evaluation of data, and learn the limitations of behavioral and non-behavioral research. Interdisciplinary examples are provided and analyzed.

Prerequisites: ABA 601 and ABA 602

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

ABA 604 Behavior Assessment (3 credits)

This course focuses on behavior assessment. It covers descriptive and functional assessment of problematic behavior, as well as functional analysis. Students learn to review records, determine the need for behavior analytic services, select socially significant behavior-change goals, and conduct skill and preference assessment. Through case studies, students learn to describe the common functions of behavior. Examples of multi-disciplinary applications of behavior assessment are presented.

Prerequisites: ABA 601 and ABA 602

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

ABA 605 Behavior Change Procedures (3 credits)

This course provides comprehensive review of the application of behavior analytic principles across varied child, adult, and health contexts. Specific training is provided for procedures such as reinforcement, punishment, motivating operations, modeling, stimulus control, rules, shaping and chaining. Students explore methods for teaching simple to complex repertoires, using discrete trials, Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, group contingencies, self-management, and strategies to maintain and generalize behavior. Topics include behavior change applications from a range of subject-matter experts who have clinical and research experience across multiple uses of ABA.

Prerequisites: ABA 601 and ABA 602 and ABA 603 and ABA 604

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

ABA 606 Collab, Superv, & Mgmt in BA (3 credits)

The course covers the history and philosophy of behaviorism, latest developments over the last decade, evolutionary theory, and cultural evolution theory. We explore behavior analysis as it applies to philosophical and practical problems, and explore concepts such as purpose, language, knowledge, and thought, as well as applying behavioral thinking to contemporary social issues like freedom, democracy, culture, and resolution of complex social issues. The course culminates with practical approaches to improving our lives, our community, and our world.

Prerequisites: ABA 601 and ABA 602 and ABA 603 and ABA 604

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

ABA 607 Science and Philosophy of BA (3 credits)

The course covers the history and philosophy of behaviorism, latest developments over the last decade, evolutionary theory, and cultural evolution theory. We explore behavior analysis as it applies to philosophical and practical problems, and explore concepts such as purpose, language, knowledge, and thought, as well as applying behavioral thinking to contemporary social issues like freedom, democracy, culture, and resolution of complex social issues. The course culminates with practical approaches to improving our lives, our community, and our world.

Prerequisites: ABA 601 and ABA 602 and ABA 603 and ABA 604 and ABA 605 and ABA 606

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

ABA 608 Capstone: Applied Bahav Analys (3 credits)

ABA 608 is the last course taken within the sequence and culminates the entire Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coursework. The course provides students the opportunity to integrate the principles of ABA to synthesize the knowledge and skills gained throughout the graduate program, including an application of behavioral principles to address an identified problem in a clinical or educational setting.

Prerequisites: ABA 601 and ABA 602 and ABA 603 and ABA 604 and ABA 605 and ABA 606

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a concentration in Behavior Analysis. Enrollment limited to students in the MSCRJ program. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.