Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate

What is the ABA Certificate?

The Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate is designed to prepare professionals with undergraduate degrees in education or related fields to use Applied Behavior Analysis to create, coordinate and/or implement ABA-based interventions with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, other disabilities, and/or challenging behavior.

  Our ABA certificate coursework is a Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc®  Verified Course Sequence.  It meets the requirements for the coursework requirement needed for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.  Applicants will need to meet additional requirements to qualify (see below for more information). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Anaylyst Examination®.  Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. 

To Apply

You will apply through the graduate school.  You will find the online application and instructions here:  


For information on tuition, go here:  


The ABA certificate requires the following 6 courses.  It is recommended that students take them in this order:

SPECED 709- Summer 1

SPECED 708- Summer 1

SPECED 640- Fall

SPECED 701-Spring

SPECED 711- Summer 2

SPECED 710- Summer 2

Combining the ABA Certificate with Master's

All of the ABA certificate courses can count toward the Master's degree (Professional Development emphasis).   Students can enroll part time or full time.  Students typically take the following courses (in addition to their ABA coursework) to complete the Master's degree:

SPECED 707- Summer 1

SPECED 702- Fall 1

SPECED 703- Spring

SPECED 704- Spring

SPECED 706- Summer 2

SPECED 781- Summer 2

Becoming a BCBA

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board oversees the certification of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).  There are three main requirements in order to sit for the board exam:

1.     Complete a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) or other approved ABA coursework

2.     Complete a Master's degree in Education, Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis

3.     Complete Supervised Fieldwork hours

Once these tasks are completed, students submit their application to the BACB for approval to sit for the board exam.  Our program offers a VCS and eligible Master's degree.  Students will need to find a BCBA supervisor to complete their supervised fieldwork outside of the program.  It is important for students who are working toward obtaining their BCBA keep abreast of current requirements.  Go to for details on becoming a BCBA.

ABA Test Pass Rates

Link to BCBA pass rates:
*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.

Updates to the BCBA Requirements

Our program currently meets the standards set out in the 4th Edition Task list.  The 5th Edition Task list becomes effective 2022.  Students taking the board exam in 2022 or after will need to meet the new coursework requirements. Our program will be revising our VCS to meet the 5th Edition Task list standards in the near future.  Current students should plan to take the board exam before 2022 or prepare to take additional coursework in the next couple of years.