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Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program (Non-Degree)

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A BCBA®-related Graduate Certificate with a Course Sequence verified by The BACB®

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The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate Program is an online certificate designed to prepare special educators, professionals in psychology and behavior analysts with knowledge and skills in the area of ABA. Because this coursework is a Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) verified course sequence, those who complete this ABA certificate will fulfill the coursework requirements to take the examination for certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA).

This UNC certificate involves a blend of special education and school psychology coursework, including

  • Concepts and foundations of applied behavior analysis
  • Measurement and experimental design
  • Identifying functions or problem behavior
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating interventions
  • Behavior change systems
  • Ethics
  • Management and supervision
  • Application of applied behavior analysis through the lifespan, including individuals with cultural and linguistic diversity, autism, traumatic brain injury and extremely challenging behaviors.

A Rewarding Career Path in an Area of Great Need

There are a number of children and youth with behavior challenges in today’s schools and communities, resulting in a significant need for professionals trained to address these challenges. Behavior Analysts, typically trained in psychology and/or education, work in schools, homes and the community to assess children’s behavior problems (often related to developmental disabilities), develop behavioral interventions and measure the outcomes of interventions. Despite the need for Behavior Analysts, related positions go unfilled due to the unavailability of qualified candidates.

The non-profit Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has established national credentialing standards, such as the BCBA role, for professionals who work with individuals who present challenging behaviors. The credential allows for Autism-related applications as well as work with general school populations, employee and organizational behavior applications, and individual practice for needs in the home environment.

This Certificate Can Be Combined With a Degree Program

The BACB organization requires that BCBA applicants have earned at least a graduate degree in behavior analysis, education or psychology.

If you have not earned a master's degree in those fields, you may be interested in our Special Education MA - Intervention Specialist: Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis which includes all of the ABA Certificate coursework and fulfills the requirement above.

If you have already earned a graduate degree in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, you may take this as a standalone certificate or combine it with an Educational Specialist degree, an additional Master of Arts degree, or a doctorate program. The UNC degrees listed below support the ABA coursework.

Master of Arts Degrees
Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

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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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