Graduate Certificate, Applied Behavior Analysis

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis has been established as an effective approach to treating autism, related developmental disorders, dementia, and head trauma effectively. The Behavior Analysis certificate program is designed to provide working professionals—including current behavior analysts or professionals in psychology, education, child care, speech and language pathology, and social services—a mastery of behavior analytic theories and procedures. While many students enter the field in order to provide services to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), other fields benefit from the skills acquired through this program, namely the fields of psychology as well as education.

This six course online program is designed for individuals seeking a career as a certified behavioral analyst. Students will gain the knowledge and skill required to sit for the Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) certification. This certificate, taken with additional course requirements, can also lead to a Master’s degree in Special Education.

Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Two letters of recommendation. From individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic/professional ability to undertake graduate study.
  2. Two waiver forms.
  3. Resume showing current employment in a field related to Applied Behavior Analysis. Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75 – 2.99)
calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam such as GRE, GMAT, CSET or MAT (consult program for acceptable tests and scores)

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.
  • Subject Matter Competency Examinations: successfully complete all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Exceptions are Foundational Level General Math where only subtests I and II are required and Foundational Level General Science where only subtests I and II are required.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Required Courses

EDUU 636* Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDUU 637 Procedures and Experimental Design in Applied Behavior Analyst 3
EDUU 656 Basic Technologies of Behavior Change in Applied Behavior Analyst 3
EDUU 657 Applied Behavior Analysis: Applications 3
EDUU 658 Applied Behavior Analysis: Advanced Applications 3
EDUU 659 Applied Behavior Analysis: Ethics 3

 

Total Credits 18


*EDUU 636 must be taken first. Course must be taken sequentially.