Course Requirements

The ABA graduate certificate program is an online program with a total of 21 credits, approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) under the 5th edition Task List. Psy 522 must be taken as a pre-requisite to the other courses in the sequence or in the first semester of the program.  The program can be completed within two+ years by taking one course per semester or within one+ year by taking two courses per semester. Students who are admitted into the certificate program must complete all courses with a B- or higher in each course and finish with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The coursework for the certificate must be completed within 4 years to ensure retention of information from all courses in order to pass the BCBA exam.

Since this is a completely online program, you will need access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection. More information about technology requirements. To assess whether you are ready for an Online program, visit the GVSU Online Education webpage.

Please note that pursuing certification as a behavior analyst is both exciting and challenging. Students should be prepared to commit to demanding coursework, a significant number of supervised experience hours with a qualified BCBA, and a rigorous examination by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

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GVSU ABA Graduate Certificate Courses

Class

Description

Credits

Semester

PSY 522

Applied Behavior Analysis I: Foundational Principles

3 credits

Fall

PSY 523

Applied Behavior Analysis II: Application to Behavior Change

3 credits

Winter

PSY 550

Research in Applied Settings 

3 credits

Spring /Sum

PSY 624

Behavioral Assessment and Intervention

3 credits

Fall

PSY 527

Ethics and Diversity in Professional Practice

3 credits

Winter

PSY 525

Behavior Analysis Applied to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disorders

3 credits

Spring /Sum

PSY 658

Advanced ABA

3 credits

Fall

   

21 credits Total

 

5th edition Task List Course Content Allocation table - coming soon

4th Edition Task List Content Allocation (2013-2019)

 

PSY 522 ABA I

PSY 523 ABA II

PSY 550 Research

PSY 624 Behavior

PSY 527 Ethics

PSY 525 ASD/DD

TOTAL

Ethical and Professional Conduct

       

45

 

45

Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis

30

15

       

45

Measurements, including Data Analysis

5

 

15

5

   

25

Experimental Design

   

20

     

20

Identification of the Problem & Assessment

     

25

 

5

30

Behavior Change & Specific Behavior Change Procedures

8

22

 

5

 

10

45

Intervention & Behavior Change Consideration

2

3

 

5

   

10

Behavior Change Systems

     

5

 

5

10

Implementation, Management, and Supervision

         

10

10

Discretionary

 

5

10

   

15

30

TOTAL

45

45

45

45

45

45

270