Applied Behavior Analysis Certification

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Applied Behavior Analysis is expected to increase by 33% between 2010 and 2020.

Behavior analysts strive to help people achieve personal goals, reduce suffering, and improve their quality of life.  They enjoy the flexibility of working for hospitals, schools, health agencies, consulting agencies, and even starting their own private practices.  With California to start Medicaid coverage for ABA for Autism, as many as 75,000 children could be eligible for the care behavior analysts provide.

Based on the 4th edition of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) task list requirements, our fully online program has been developed to meet the educational requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This certification is nationally and internationally recognized.

In our online program, you will:

  • Become familiar with the extensive vocabulary of applied behavior analysis
  • Apply classroom principles to your current work in the field (at least part-time employment in a related field required)
  • Participate in bi-weekly webinars with your instructor and classmates
  • Have the support of an instructor and the flexibility of an online course
  • Complete coursework quickly, in accelerated 8-week sessions

Students can take the 6-course sequence for a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis or, with additional course requirements, as part of a Master’s in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analyst emphasis.  This option may be appropriate for individuals who do not currently possess a Master’s degree and wish to sit for the BCBA exam, as a Master’s degree (or higher) will be a BACB requirement beginning in January 2016.

WEBINAR: Applied Behavior Analysis Info Session 
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Students are required to be admitted to either the Master’s in Special Education or the Graduate Certificate program prior to registering for classes.  Applicants must be employed at least part-time in a field related to Applied Behavior Analysis to be admitted to the program and successfully complete coursework.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Online application for graduate admission.
  2. Two letters of recommendation.
  3. Resume or CV showing current employment (at least part-time) in a field related to Applied Behavior Analysis.
  4. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University, including GPA requirements below (which may require official transcripts).

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.

Courses are offered at least twice per year and must be taken in sequence.  No outside coursework may be transferred into this program.

This program does not include the supervised fieldwork requirement to sit for the BCBA exam. For more information about the supervision requirement, please visit the BACB’s website.

EDUU 636 An Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis*
This course examines the basic principles of behavior. It introduces and explains behavioral concepts such as respondent and operant conditioning; conditioned and unconditioned responses; the dimensions of behavior; foundational knowledge and vocabulary for behavioral analysis; history behavior analysis as a field. Various classroom strategies will be used to help students understand the how the principles of behavior work on human behavior and the interactions between environment and behavior.


EDUU 637 Applied Behavior Analysis: Procedures and Experimental Design
Prerequisite: EDUU 636.
This course examines the basic procedures of applied behavior analysis. Students will learn the procedures for defining, measuring, and assessing behavior through measurement. The course examines the use of experimental research designs and how to use the data to make changes in behavior. Students will learn to evaluate research in Applied Behavior Analysis. Learning activities related to the task list include responses to research journal articles and designing data collection tools.


EDUU 656 Applied Behavior Analysis: Basic Technologies of Behavior Change
Prerequisites: EDUU 636 and 637.
This course examines the basic technologies of behavior change in applied behavior analysis. Students will learn and use positive and negative reinforcement, positive and negative punishment, schedules of reinforcement, motivating operations, stimulus control, imitation, shaping and chaining and verbal behavior. Learning activities related to the BACB 4th edition task list will include journal article research, and the development of data-driven behavioral intervention using technologies learned in the course.


EDUU 657 Applied Behavior Analysis: Applications
Prerequisites: EDUU 636, 637, 656.
This course examines systems which apply the basic technologies of behavior change. Topics include communication strategies, verbal behavior, contingency contracts, and other uses of Applied Behavior Analysis. Students will articulate a case study which assimilates research to real-life observations and uses behavioral language to define behavior, environment, and treatment recommendations.


EDUU 658 Applied Behavior Analysis: Advanced Applications
Prerequisites: EDUU 636, 637, 656, 657.
This course examines the use of functional behavioral assessment and its various components. Students in this course will learn to apply the foundational concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis which were presented in the four previous courses. Course activities related to the BACB Task List 4th Edition include evaluating various ABA methodologies for instruction and intervention, the design and implementation of a Functional Behavior Assessment, and analyzing measurement tools for particular behaviors.


EDUU 659 Applied Behavior Analysis: Ethics
Prerequisites: EDUU 636, 637, 656, 657, 658.
Students in this course will learn the ethical considerations which support the practice of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Learning activities related to the BACB Task List 4th Edition include examining ethical scenarios to determine sound practice; analyzing sound ethical principles for private or institutional practice as a BCBA; and determining client-centered responsibilities for any setting.


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

Schedule - Fall cohort begins October 24, 2016 and Spring cohort begins March 6, 2017! 

Fall Cohort

  • Fall 2 2016: EDUU 636

  • Spring 1 2017: EDUU 637

  • Spring 2 2017: EDUU 656

  • Summer 1 2017: EDUU 657

  • Summer 2 2017: EDUU 658

  • Fall 1 2018: EDUU 659

Spring Cohort

  • Spring 2 2017: EDUU 636

  • Summer 1 2017: EDUU 637

  • Summer 2 2017: EDUU 656

  • Fall 1 2018: EDUU 657

  • Fall 2 2018: EDUU 658

  • Spring 1 2018: EDUU 659

Academic Calendar 2016-2017


  • $900 per course

  • $120 LiveText Membership (one-time fee)

  • $100 certificate conferral fee (at program completion)

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.

Course Credit:

  • 3 graduate credits per course