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Attend a live webinar to learn more about the graduate applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and special education programs. You will receive an application fee waiver after the event, just for registering. All webinars begin at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Earning a certificate in applied behavior analysis (ABA) will increase your understanding of core concepts and strategies used to treat various kinds of behavioral issues.

Our completely online certificate program can be incorporated into a master’s degree in special education or earned independently of a degree to demonstrate a concentration area.

A Pathway to Board Certification

The certificate is an important step in becoming a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). If you are interested in taking the BCBA exam and receiving this credential, there are a few requirements you need to complete, in addition to earning your certificate.

To be eligible for the BCBA exam, you must:

  • Have a master's degree in any field or higher
  • Complete supervised field experience hours (Note: supervision hours are managed by students, independent from their program at Ball State)
  • Complete two additional courses beyond those required for the certificate (i.e., 7 courses for 21 credits total)

This course sequence is considered a verified course sequence (VCS) for students who will apply for the BCBA exam, under the 5th edition task list. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Ball State Online at online@bsu.edu, 765-285-1581, or toll-free at 800-872-0369.

 Academic Advisor

The role of your academic advisor is more than telling you which courses to take. For starters, they are student success specialists, and they are dedicated to your academic success. You’ll work with the same specialist from application to graduation.

Contact your student success specialist, who can answer questions you have about our program.

Course Requirements

The 15-credit ABA graduate certificate includes specialized training in the practice of applied behavior analysis. The certificate can be incorporated into a master's program or earned independently of a master’s degree to demonstrate a concentration area.

For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see our course catalog.

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Specific courses may vary slightly based on student objectives. For effective program planning, a discussion of your career goals with an advisor is highly recommended.

Please note that:

  • the ABA graduate certificate does not lead to a teaching license
  • graduate certificates will not accept transfer credits

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Review deadlines, admission requirements, and application materials, then start your application.

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