Online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate
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ASU’s online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis pairs research and experience to prepare professionals to work with individuals with special learning and behavior needs. Courses enable students to focus on the population with whom they plan to work, as well as to gain knowledge and skills to use ABA across a variety of settings.
Courses in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis combine a range of resources and technologies to provide students the opportunity to interact directly with program faculty and classmates. Our graduates are well prepared to provide evidence-based practices in ABA and consultative services and support to clients, community members and family members across a variety of settings.
ASU’s Teachers College offers university coursework pre-approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for students interested in sitting for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination. BCBA certificants are equipped to meet and address diverse behavior needs and make a lasting difference in the community.
This 21-credit hour certificate program consists of 7 classes. The graduate certificate can be completed within a two-year period while concurrently pursuing an online graduate degree or as a stand-alone certificate. A Master of Arts in Special Education (Applied Behavior Analysis) is also available.
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Examines data collection techniques, design methodologies, visual analysis and interpretation approaches. Students gain expertise and practical experience in the interpretation and application of experimental design to inform decision making. Focuses on evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions through use of behavior analytic technologies in clinical and applied settings. Students learn to interpret and describe behavior in behavior analytic terms and explain concepts and approaches in everyday language. Students research and evaluate skill assessment approaches through strategic review of the behavior analytic literature. Course addresses single-subject methodologies to inform design and delivery of effective instruction and clinical interventions.
Provides an overview of and introduction to the basic concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis. Students gain understanding of behavior analytic process and terminology, defining and providing examples of concepts and principles and applying to a range of situations. Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.
Focuses on assessment procedures of applied behavior analysis. Students learn to determine the need for behavior-analytic services; identify, design and prioritize socially significant behavior change goals; conduct assessments of relevant skill strengths and deficits; conduct preference assessments; describe the common functions of problem behavior; conduct a descriptive assessment of problem behavior; conduct a functional analysis of problem behavior and interpret functional assessment data. Critically evaluates environmental variables in order to make informed recommendations for behavior change.
Examines scientifically validated behavior change procedures. Students gain experience critically analyzing and selecting interventions informed by measurement, data display and interpretation. Students gain experience in application of knowledge by conducting a behavior change project, analyzing, interpreting and presenting results.
Focuses on the use of data informed procedures for training, management, supervision and support of behavior health practitioners in educational settings. Students gain experience and develop expertise with organizational behavior management (OBM) techniques.
Reviews the history and foundations of the field of applied behavior analysis in educational settings. Interprets the impact and utility of radical behaviorism and experimental analysis of behavior in classrooms, clinics, homes and community settings.
The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College creates knowledge by drawing on a range of academic disciplines including cognitive science, sociology and psychology, gaining insight into important questions about student experience and outcomes. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.
Graduates with an ASU Online applied behavior analysis graduate certificate have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
Applicants are eligible to apply if they have earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree (business, economics, education, psychology or equivalent) or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
Applicants are required to submit:
- Graduate admission application and application fee
- Official transcripts
- Personal statement describing the applicant's interests and reason for seeking this certificate
- Proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
GRE scores are not required for admission.
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