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Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program (Non-Degree) – Courses & Requirements

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate Program from UNC is an sequence of six courses. This online program has been designed to fit around your schedule, with an accelerated delivery that lets you focus on one course at a time. Each term you will take two courses back-to-back, with 8-week sessions in the Fall and Spring and 6-week sessions in the Summer.

An optional orientation will be offered on-campus in Greeley, Colorado.

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The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.® Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify (see below).

Required Courses (19 Credit Hours)

For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.

APCE 628 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

APCE 629 Measurement and Experimental Design in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

EDSE 630 Applied Behavior Analysis I (3)

APCE 631 Applied Behavior Analysis II (3)

EDSE 632 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

EDSE 633 Application of Applied Behavior Analysis (4)

Additional Requirements by the BACB For Your BCBA Credential

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is a nonprofit organization that credentials behavior analysts who have

  • Completed a BACB-verified course sequence such as this one;
  • Accrued sufficient field experience hours [To qualify at the BCBA level, the BACB requires supervisees to complete 1,500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in behavior analysis] and;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the field via the BCBA examination. UNC will provide simulated exams and other student exam preparation tools for all students. Note: pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six 1st-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their 1st four years of operation.
  • Please note: BCBA applicants must have completed a graduate degree in behavior analysis, education or psychology at the time they sit for the exam.

More information about BCBA certification requirements.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 terms
$520/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Michelle Athanasiou


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