Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis

Upon offer of admission, the following will be required: Successful passage of FBI criminal background check

Admission Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess a student’s application for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Special Education:  Applied Behavior Analysis. No single criterion can adequately predict a student’s probable success in graduate work. Applicants should anticipate that the materials they submit will be held to high standards with submission of the following:

  1. GPA/Transcripts:  A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 for all graduate work (must have minimum of 9 credits) or for junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A = 4.00).  Submit transcripts from undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework.
  2. Letters of Recommendation:  Provide two letters of recommendation from professionals in the behavior analytic field (Board Certified Behavior Analysts, faculty members, and/or supervisors of behavior analytic employment). These letters need to specifically address behavior analytic employment, coursework, and/or interest.
  3. Resume:  Provide an updated resume highlighting your professional experiences with applied behavior analysis.

Required Course Sequence

SPED 540Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis3
SPED 541Methods and Applications in Behavior Analysis3
SPED 542Ethical and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts3
SPED 543Applied Behavior Analysis Supervision Across Settings and Populations3
SPED 544Research Methods in Behavior Analysis3
SPED 545Assessment and Behavior Change Systems4
SPED 546Philosophical Underpinnings of Applied Behavior Analysis3
Total Credits22

Optional Intensive Practicum

SPED 580Practicum: Special Education (ABA Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork)3
*Practicum may be taken once per semester for up to 4 semesters3-12

Note:  The course sequence has been verified by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International.