Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
If you’re interested in expanding your competencies in psychology, Kaplan University’s postgraduate certificate program is designed for motivated professionals like you. This online program emphasizes behavioral concepts and theories and their application to special populations. If you already have a graduate degree in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, earning this ABA certificate could help prepare you to advance or diversify within this field.*
The ABA therapy certificate’s curriculum includes five courses that focus on individuals who are developmentally disabled, autistic, or suffering from 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 verified the course sequence of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.† Please note: applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Please refer to the BACB’s website (www.bacb.com) for full eligibility requirements.
The behavioral analyst certificate program consists of a minimum of 35 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
At this time, residents of Missouri may not enroll in the online Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program.
Additional Admissions Requirements
To enroll in this program, in addition to Kaplan University's general requirements, you must have earned a minimum of a graduate degree in an acceptable field of study (behavior analysis, education, or psychology) from an acceptable accredited institution. Prior to enrollment, you must submit an unofficial transcript indicating receipt of a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited institution; an official copy of the transcript must be received by the end of the first term. Refer to the Kaplan University Catalog for additional information.
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis Program Highlights
A postgraduate certificate in applied behavior analysis provides you with the opportunity to:
- Understand how behavioral theories relate to real-world situations
- Employ assessment and intervention treatment procedures in applied behavior analysis
- Critically evaluate and relate psychological and behavioral theories and concepts to various situations within the field of applied behavior analysis
- Apply evidence-based theoretical and conceptual foundations of applied behavior analysis to arrive at appropriate professional practice strategies
- Understand and apply legal, ethical, individual, cultural, and social validity standards and guidelines set forth within the field of applied behavior analysis
Prepare for Future Studies
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.
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 Postgraduate 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.
Curriculum: All Tracks
- Certificate Requirements
Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 35
Total Program Credits: 35
- PS 507: ETHICS FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS Change
This course explores professional issues and ethics in the field of applied behavior analysis. Emphasis will be placed on ethical codes specific to the science and practice of behavior analysis. You will also analyze personal biases that may impact on the ethical decision-making process.
- PS 512: RESEARCH DESIGN IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS Change
This course will introduce you to single- case research design (SCRD), an applied research approach used in applied behavior analysis (ABA) to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions with individuals. The term single- case research design is also referred to as single-subject research design (SSRD) in the behavioral sciences. The basic premise of this quantitative experimental approach is that research subjects serve as their own control. In this course, you will learn how to select from basic SCRD to determine the effectiveness of an intervention in applied settings (i.e., real-world scenario). You will also be introduced to the legal, ethical, and social validity aspects as they relate to the design and evaluation of an intervention through SCRD.
- PS 517: ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS Change
This course covers advanced principles, theories, and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis. The assessment and development of behavioral interventions are covered, along with real-life examples, case studies, and current research in this area of psychology.
- PS 522: BEHAVIORAL MEASURES AND INTERPRETATION OF DATA Change
This course will provide you with a foundational knowledge in behavioral assessment used in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Specific topics to be discussed include measurement of behavior, functional behavior assessment techniques, and experimental analysis (i.e., functional analysis and structural analysis). You will learn how to analyze and visually display data to communicate the results in a clear, efficient, and parsimonious manner.
- PS 527: IMPLEMENTING BEHAVIORAL CHANGE Change
This course covers the fundamentals of implementing a behavior change program in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Students will gain skill and practice in how to design an effective behavior change program through the use of real-life case study examples. The different factors involved in maintaining and promoting the generalization of behavioral change in real-world settings will be explored.
- PS 532: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS Change
This course provides an overview of the various clinical methods of behavior change, along with more current research on evidence-based best practices in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Students will consider the practical, ethical, legal, cultural, and social validity needs of a client into an effective behavior change plan.
- PS 555: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS PRACTICUM Change
The practicum experience in applied behavior analysis is designed to provide students an opportunity to acquire new behavior-analytic skills related to the current BACB task list. These activities should be consistent with the dimensions of applied behavior analysis identified in the seminal article “Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis” by Baer, Wolf, and Risely (1968). Students will gain practical experience designing and implementing behavior change programs for clients in various real-world settings. This course is appropriate for students seeking to sit for the BCBA exam under the Supervised Independent Fieldwork Experience Category.
- PS 507: ETHICS FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS Change
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This program 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 Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure.
The BACB verifies university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs.
*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
†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.