The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program seeks to provide students with the knowledge base necessary for eligibility to take the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) exam.
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The Northeastern University Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for the student who already possesses a Masters Degree in Education or Psychology, and who is seeking to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
The curriculum, which is based on the Behavior Analysis Certification Board's Fourth Edition Task List, includes six courses, all of which are offered online. Course content prepares students to take the BCBA exam. The certificate program consists of six core courses taken across three semesters (18 credits). Students may elect to complete their supervised experience hours by taking Intensive Practicum I and Intensive Practicum II in addition to the six core courses. Courses are delivered in an online format. Students attend lectures virtually and view supplementary material on their own schedules, taking advantage of technological advances that promote student learning and increase student-to-instructor and student-to-student communication.
Applicants to the certificate program must possess a master's degree in education or psychology. Related work experience with individuals with special needs is a plus. All applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0.
Program consists of six online courses taken across three semesters.
Optional two-semester intensive practicum course allows students to gain supervised experience hours as required by the BACB.
NU was named a “Top 25 Most Prolific Research Institution” in applied behavior analysis, according to The Behavior Analyst Today (2004).
While retaining a practitioner focus, this program gives students in-depth knowledge of topics such as conditioned reinforcement, motivational influences on behavior, and errorless teaching procedures. With this background, program graduates are prepared to address the most complex behavior problems and learning challenges.
Our graduate programs, which include a Master of Science, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, and a Graduate Certificate, are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
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Admissions deadlines: Fall: August 1 Spring: December 1
Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis General Requirements
A grade of B or higher is required in each course.
CAEP 6326 - Behavioral Concepts and Principles
CAEP 6327 - Behavior Assessment
CAEP 6328 - Research and Design Methods
CAEP 6329 - Service Administration
CAEP 6331 - Advanced Learning Seminar 1
CAEP 6334 - Applied Programming Seminar 1
CAEP 6336 - Systematic Inquiry 1
Note: The intensive practicum is optional. Consult your faculty advisor.
CAEP 8417 - Intensive Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 1
CAEP 8418 - Intensive Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 2
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
Northeastern University offers an elective two-semester intensive practicum course that allows students to gain supervised experience hours as required by the BACB. Students complete structured projects to develop competency in important clinical areas such as functional assessment, discrimination training, conditioned reinforcement, and more. The intensive practicum may be completed online or in a hybrid format.
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Program Director, MS/CAGS/Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis; Clinical Assistant Professor, Applied Behavior Analysis Programs – Department of Applied Psychology
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