Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Earn the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and concurrently fulfill all course requirements for the highly demanded Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.

This 24-credit fully online program prepares graduates to be successful practitioners trained to enhance the educational outcomes and lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or other related disabilities using applied behavior analysis (ABA).

At a glance

Program Credits

24 


Standard Completion Time

16–20 months

Program Highlights

Other Important Information
  • The 5th edition BCBA exam will be available starting January 2022.
  • Individuals residing outside of the U.S. and Canada may apply to complete this program to earn a Graduate Certificate in ABA but effective January 1, 2023 will not be eligible to apply for BCBA certification from the BACB.
  • Graduate Certificate in ABA indicates completion of the ABA certificate program but not certification in behavior analysis; awarded only to matriculated students successfully completing the ABA certificate program
  • Students holding a master’s degree from another institution are responsible for verifying if their degree and the institution meet BACB’s current standards. Click here for details.
  • Students are responsible for verifying if this program meets the ABA licensing or certification requirements of the state and/or country where they intend to practice. Please see ABA Licensure and Certification.
  • BCBA exam pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.
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Career and Ministry Enhancements

  • Become a behavior analyst and enter a profession in high demand in the U.S. and globally
  • Apply ABA in diverse fields such as education, autism, and developmental disabilities
  • Work in schools, residential and home programs, clinics, hospitals, and other settings
  • Develop Christian services and ministries for individuals with autism and their families

Why Applied Behavior Analysis?

  • Best research-supported scientific treatment for autism
  • Effective for individuals with other disabilities as well
  • Demonstrated to be effective in many areas including:
    • Communication, social, self-help, play, and work skills
    • Reading and other academic skills
    • Positive and safe behaviors
    • Family life

Typical Program Curriculum

Semester 24 Total Credits = 21 ABA + 3 Bible/Theology Credits
Spring #1 SPE 721 ABA for Autism and Other Disabilities I (S1)
SPE 726 Secondary Transition Assessment and Intervention (1 cr.) (S2)
SPE 727 Supervision and Management (2 cr.) (S2)
Summer #1 SPE 728 Ethics for Behavior Analysts (S1)
SPE 723 
Interventions for Autism/Other Disabilities (S2)
Fall #1 SPE 724 Single Subject Research (S1)
SPE 722 ABA for Autism and Other Disabilities (S2)
Spring #2 SPE 725 Principles of Behavior (S1)
BIB 621 Biblical Integration for Educators (S2)

Requirements

To enter the program, the candidate will:

To complete the program, the candidate will:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

For more information about the online Graduate Certificate in  ABA program, email grad-education@cairn.edu.

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