Program type:

Graduate Academic Certificate

Est. time to complete:

1-2 years
Credit Hours:

Complete the coursework required for certification online.
If you want to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), you can take the required courses 100% online through UNT's Behavior Analysis Online (BAO). BAO's certificate program is designed to provide the knowledge base for effective and compassionate practice in applied behavior analysis.

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Why Earn an Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate?

Anywhere there are people, there is the opportunity to use behavior analysis to improve their environment and help them reach their full potential.

Our curriculum focuses on the following areas:

  • Foundational and conceptual knowledge about the science of behavior analysis, behavioral principles and the procedures derived from these principles leading students to flexibly and compassionately apply this knowledge to teach meaningful skills to individuals
  • A comprehensive understanding of conducting and evaluating a meaningful assessment of environmental context, skills and areas of strengths and deficits
  • An understanding of how to read, understand, and use evidence-based strategies based on single-subject research
  • Understanding culturally responsive decision-making and ethical behavior in the context of a rapidly diversifying practice
  • Behavioral practices in autism and evidence-based staff training

Although the Graduate Academic Certificate requirement is only six courses, eight courses are required to apply for the certification exam.

Marketable Skills
  • Conduct contingency analyses across population
  • Make data-based decisions
  • Train staff in ABA procedures
  • Develop/implement behavior-change procedures
  • Participate in cross-discipline service collaboration

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Highlights

This program can be completed in 1-2 years; part-time pacing allows maximum flexibility.
All courses are offered each semester, including the summer session, and you may begin the program any semester.
All of our faculty are well-versed in their areas of study and ready and willing to assist you throughout the program.
Courses are designed to be completed in numerical sequence as it is a cumulative hierarchal curriculum. All courses are asynchronous and completed online.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified that these courses provide you with the coursework requirements to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. You will need to meet additional requirements to be eligible to take the examination. In particular, supervision hours must be acquired separately and are not offered as part of the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate.
All courses are entirely online and available to you at all times during each semester, with no required class meeting times.

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Courses You Could Take

Meaningful Assessment in Behavioral Practice (3 hrs)
Teaches students the role of assessment in the practice of applied behavior analysis. Includes a comprehensive understanding of the purpose of assessment, types of assessments, methods for assessment analysis, and considerations for selecting and prioritizing socially valid goals for behavior change that are based on assessment results.
ABA Foundations, Concepts and Principles 1 (3 hrs)
Introduces students to the science and practice of applied behavior analysis by providing students with an overview of behavioral principles and the behavior change procedures derived from these principles.
ABA Foundations, Concepts and Principles 2 (3 hrs)
Extends conceptual knowledge of the science and practice of applied behavior analysis by providing students with an advanced understanding of behavioral principles and the behavior change procedures derived from these principles.
Fundamentals and Techniques of Compassionate and Effective Behavior Change (3 hrs)
Provides students with a deeper understanding of the science and practice of applied behavior analysis by extending knowledge of behavioral principles and procedures to prepare for application in clinical service settings.
Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding and Using Applied Behavior Analytic Research (3 hrs)
Builds a foundation for a scientist-practitioner model of behavior- analytic service provision. Includes learning the rationales for observable and socially valid interventions that are based on experimental proofs of effectiveness and the core characteristics of single subject research.
Culturally Responsive Ethics in Behavioral Practice (3 hrs)
Provides students with an understanding of the benefits, complexities, and characteristics of ethical conduct within the science and practice of applied behavior analysis.

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