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Many school and healthcare professionals are seeking graduate level programs that teach them to incorporate behavior analytic principles and practices into their work with individuals with learning, behavior, and performance challenges.
The GVSU psychology department offers an online graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that allows students to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Students will develop in-depth knowledge and applied competence in the delivery of behavior analysis to improve the quality of life of individuals in schools, community, and work settings. Graduates are equipped with the skills to bring about socially significant behavior change through data-based decision making and program development.
Admission to the school psychology program or a master's degree is required for acceptance to the program. To become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), students must meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board course requirements and supervised experience requirements, and pass the BCBA exam.
The GVSU ABA certificate program is a Verified Course Sequence by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
All classes for this program can be completed online.Format:
Students will complete seven courses (21 credits total) that meet the 5th Edition Task List coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. The GVSU ABA certificate program is a Verified Course Sequence by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).
All courses are offered online. The first course in the sequence, PSY 522, starts in the fall.
A graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is highly beneficial to educational systems to improve instruction for all students and classroom behavior support. Teachers, consultants, school psychologists, and administrators find that education in behavior analysis assists them in multiple areas of their work with students and school-based staff.
The ABA Graduate Certificate will meet many goals, including: enhancing their skills with classroom learning and behavior support, advancing their education, earning BCBA certification, and using the principles of behavior in everyday life. The rising incidences of autism in the U.S. have thrust applied behavior analysis (ABA) into the spotlight as a respected therapy for autism spectrum disorders, resulting in a growing demand for applied behavior analysts and rising salaries in the profession. Applied behavior analysis certificate holders work in healthcare or education professions and become Applied Behavior Analysts or Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s).
The application deadline is June 1, though applications may be considered after that date. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.
Please visit gvsu.edu/gradapply/.
Students may enter the ABA Graduate Certificate program in two ways:
1. Applicants to the ABA Graduate Certificate program must demonstrate completion of a Master’s Degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. To be eligible for consideration, applications must include submission of the following materials:
2. Students admitted to the GVSU school psychology graduate program are automatically admitted to the ABA graduate certificate program.
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