Cheryl Murphy
Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
206 Peabody Hall

Suzanne Kucharczyk
Program Coordinator
410 Arkansas Avenue

Graduate Certificate Offered:
Applied Behavior Analysis (non-degree)(APBA)

Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (APBA):

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is for those individuals who wish to pursue board certification in Behavior Analysis or to utilize behavioral theory in the area of autism or behavioral disorders. The program builds on candidate’s previous knowledge of effective teaching and behavioral strategies and extends knowledge and skills in the use of applied behavior analysis (ABA), positive behavior support (PBS), and functional behavioral assessments (FABs) in teaching persons with low incidence or severe disabilities. Classes emphasize the development and ethical use of behavioral change programs which are validated by systematic evaluation of the interventions used. Ethical, professional and legal standard are discussed and applied in the use of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate program include:

  • A minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
Program of Study:
SPED 6843Basic Principles of ABA3
SPED 6853Behavioral Assessment in ABA3
SPED 6863Behavior Change Procedures and Supports3
SPED 6873Measurement and Experimental Design3
SPED 6883ABA Ethical, Professional, and Legal Standards3
SPED 6893Practicum in Applied Behavioral Analysis3

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate must have a B or better in the Program of Study.  Courses from other institutions will not be substituted for the required courses. As of 2015, those seeking to become a National Board Certified Behavior Analyst will be required to have a degree in Education, Psychology, or Applied Behavior Analysis.  Those with master's degrees in areas other than Education, Psychology, or Applied Behavior Analysis will need to consult with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to determine if their degree program will be accepted.  However, the graduate certificate in ABA can be infused into a degree program if needed.