Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Description and Outcomes
The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program emphasizes coursework that develops the understanding and application of applied behavioral theories and concepts. Content topics include behavioral assessment, treatment intervention and evaluation using a scientist-practitioner approach with a focus on ethical practice, and management and supervision processes. This verified course sequence is designed to prepare you to work in the field of behavior analysis as a clinician or supervisor with a diverse population of clients in a variety of community and educational settings. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of applied behavior analysis in order to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA® ) examination, consider this certificate program.
Please refer to the website of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc., for full eligibility requirements as well as the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate program may be transferable to certain Purdue Global degree programs.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program consists of a minimum of 30 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
- Examine how assessment and intervention procedures in applied behavior analysis are derived from behavioral theories and concepts.
- Evaluate psychological and behavioral theories and concepts in relation to various real-world situations within the field of applied behavior analysis.
- Develop appropriate evidence-based practice strategies using the theoretical and conceptual foundations of applied behavior analysis.
- Integrate relevant legal, ethical, individual, cultural, and social validity standards and guidelines established within the field of applied behavior analysis.
You must meet the below admissions requirements in addition to Purdue Global's general requirements.
To enroll in the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, you must possess a minimum of a graduate degree (e.g., master’s or doctoral) in an acceptable field of study from an acceptable accredited institution. Acceptable fields of study are behavior analysis, education, or psychology. Prior to enrollment, you must submit an unofficial transcript indicating receipt of a master's or doctoral degree in behavior analysis, education, or psychology from an accredited institution. By the end of the first term, you must provide the University with an official copy of the transcript. Any student who earned a graduate degree outside of the U.S. must first check the qualifying institutions list through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to see if both their degree and institution have been listed as approved. Please go to the following site for instructions: http://bacb.com/qualifying-institutions.
Refer to the First-Term Responsibilities section for additional information.
If you enroll in a College of Social and Behavioral Sciences certificate program, you will have all course-level prerequisites waived.
You are responsible for participating in locating, selecting, and obtaining an agreement with an appropriate site that best fits your location preferences and meets program requirements. You are required to speak with the Clinical Placement Team to determine your exact responsibilities and process for site selection.
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in Purdue Global's Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program do not guarantee or prepare you for state licensure in any state upon graduation.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the Purdue Global course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination given by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®).
Students who enroll in this program beginning July 31, 2019, will complete coursework that aligns to the ABAI Verified Course Sequence for the BCBA/BCaBA Task List (5th ed.).
Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Please refer to the BACB’s website for full eligibility requirements (www.bacb.com).
The BACB can be contacted at:
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
8051 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127
The 🌐 icon appears in the title of traditional courses that are also available as a set of module courses. Module course availability may be limited to certain academic calendars. See Course Types for information about module courses.
|PS507||Ethics for Behavior Analysts||5|
|PS560||Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis||5|
|PS561||Concepts of Measurement and Experimental Designs||5|
|PS562||Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis||5|
|PS563||Implementing Procedures for Behavior Change||5|
|PS564||Clinical Applications, Supervision, and Management||5|
|Total Core Requirements||30|