Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate
Planning to build your competencies in psychology? Kaplan University’s postbaccalaureate certificate is designed for motivated professionals like you. If you already possess a bachelor’s degree, earning this certificate could help you prepare to advance or diversify within this field.
The curriculum includes five courses that focus on the developmentally disabled, the autistic, and individuals with traumatic brain injuries. You’ll also explore behavioral concepts and theories, and develop assessment and intervention skills.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®, (BACB®) has approved the course sequence of the Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination™.* Please note: applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify, including degree, field experience, and practicum requirements. Please refer to the BACB’s website (www.bacb.com) for full eligibility requirements.
The program consists of a minimum of 30 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights
The Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate provides you with the opportunity to:
- Draw upon foundational principles in the field of psychology, such as historical considerations, fundamental theories, and current trends in the field, to design effective treatment.
- Utilize basic methodology in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and the interpretation and evaluation of findings, to determine effective client services.
- Use analytical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems and design individualized treatment plans related to behavior and mental health as defined in the DSM-5 diagnostic categories.
- Apply conceptual knowledge of the principles of applied behavior analysis to case examples and scenarios that reflect everyday problems within individuals, families, and organizations with regard to functional assessments, behavior intervention plans, and the evaluation of effectiveness of treatment.
- Explain treatment approaches in terms that clients, their families, and organizations can understand to gain informed consent.
Higher Education at the Highest Standards
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What Are the Career Opportunities?
With a postbaccalaureate certificate in applied behavior analysis, you could focus on improving the skills and achievements of children in school settings; enhance the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults with different kinds of disabilities; and increase the performance and satisfaction of employees in organizations and businesses. Possible job settings include mental health, social services, or educational centers.†
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.
Curriculum: Certificate Track
- Certificate Requirements
Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 30
Total Program Credits: 30
- PS 340: EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS CHILDREN Change
This course examines the needs of exceptional children. The roles of teachers, parents, and other relevant "others" will be investigated in relationship to current practices, which include mainstreaming, inclusion, least-restrictive environment, and individual education programs.
- PS 360: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS I Change
This course examines the behavior theory, principles, and procedures related to modifying existing behaviors and acquiring new behaviors. Students will begin to understand behavior modification techniques, such as reinforcement, punishment, extinction, discrimination training, generalization, shaping, classical conditioning, conditioned reinforcement, and schedules of reinforcement, by applying these behavior principles to real-world scenarios. Students will examine how behavior management can be used in various career fields.
- PS 365: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS II Change
This course builds on Applied Behavior Analysis I to further examine the dynamics of behavior principles. In this course, students will explore advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) theories and apply them to case studies. Students will be able to explain how behavior-environment relationships play instrumental roles in behavior deficits or excesses. This course also will provide students with information on obtaining certification and licensing in the ABA field. Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams.
- PS 410: SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT Change
This course provides an overview of the strategies and tools that are used for the screening and assessment of various age groups. Topics include the history and purpose of assessment, ethical considerations, interviewing, and an intensive overview of functional behavioral assessment. Students will learn how to apply screening and assessment information to their work with children, adolescents, and adults.
- PS 430: PROGRAM DESIGN AND EVALUATION Change
This course focuses on the process for designing programs that meet the needs of multiple populations using basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. It builds on fundamental concepts of designing individual behavior management programs and research methods using concepts in organizational behavior management.
- PS 340: EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS CHILDREN Change
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* Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡The Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.
The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in the Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure.
The BACB pre-approves university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs.