Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

This program is not currently accepting applications for admission.

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate program is an online 7-course sequence designed to prepare special educators, professionals in psychology, and behavior analysts, with knowledge and skills in the area of ABA. Coursework in the ABA certificate includes: concepts and foundations of applied behavior analysis; measurement and experimental design; identifying functions or problem behavior; designing, implementing and evaluating interventions; behavior change systems; ethics, management, and supervision; and application of applied behavior analysis through the lifespan, including individuals with cultural and linguistic diversity, autism, traumatic brain injury, and extremely challenging behaviors.

The coursework can be completed in 3 semesters and one summer session. All coursework is offered completely online and prepares students to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Students who are interested in taking the BCBA exam must also have at least a master's degree and supervision from another person who is a BCBA by the time they sit for the exam.

Note: If you are also interested in obtaining an MA concurrently, please see the online Intervention Specialist MA degree offered through the Special Education Program.

Federal student loans are not currently available to students who are pursuing a CO state license (initial or additional) through UNC's stand-alone, graduate level licensure programs without being simultaneously enrolled in a Masters, Specialist, or Doctoral program.

Certificate Requirements — 21 Credits

Required Credits

EDSE 627Philosophical Underpinnings of Applied Behavior Analysis


EDSE 630Applied Behavior Analysis I


EDSE 631Applied Behavior Analysis II


EDSE 632Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis


EDSE 633Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis


SPSY 628Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis


SPSY 629Measurement and Experimental Design in Applied Behavior Analysis


Students must take EDSE 627 (2 credits) and SPSY 628 (3 credits) before any other ABA classes.

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