Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations Certificate

This six-course graduate sequence is designed to enable students to serve as effective practitioners who can assess, design, implement and evaluate applied behavior analysis (ABA) programs by providing them with the knowledge, concepts and skills of basic ABA principles, ethical considerations, generalization strategies, and application to special populations and settings. Students will receive guided practice with each course’s content by developing a Case Study that may be course-specific, or continue across several courses.

The courses are offered live at our Boston campus and through live interactive video at selected locations within Massachusetts and in Providence, Rhode Island.

Successful completion of all six courses will meet the coursework requirement to sit for the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board licensing examination.

Students may apply all 18 graduate credits earned by successfully completing the ABA Graduate Certificate Program towards a Master’s in Education without licensure, or combine initial licensure in Moderate Disabilities with the ABA certificate courses for a master’s degree plus 12 post-masters credits. The MEd degree may be completed entirely with 15 credits of advanced post-certificate ABA courses. Contact for details.

Application Dates

Our courses begin each September and run sequentially through the end of July each year. The deadline for applying to the ABA Graduate Certificate Program for the fall is June 1. However, if you submit your application after June 1 and submit all of your supporting documents before August 31, you may begin taking courses in the fall. Your official admission to the program as a matriculating student will then be considered for the following spring. If accepted, the two fall courses you have completed as a non-degree student will be "transferred" into the program if you have earned at least a B in each course.