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.

The applied behavior analysis certificate is an important step in becoming board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). In addition to the certificate, you must possess a master's degree in an approved field, complete independent BCBA-supervised field experience hours, and complete one additional course (SPCE691) to be eligible to take the BCBA examination.

This course sequence is considered a verified course sequence (VCS) for students who will apply for the BCBA exam, under the 4th edition task list before January 1, 2022. If you anticipate applying for the exam on or after January 1, 2022, contact Ball State Online at online@bsu.edu, 765-285-1581, or toll-free at 800-872-0369

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. However, you must have a master’s in an approved area, complete 1500 supervised field experience hours, and complete one additional course (SPCE 691) to be eligible to take the BCBA exam.

For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see the 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.

Academic Advisors

Beth Hawke
Student Success Specialist

Ashley Pilmore
Student Success Specialist

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You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

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