Applied behavior analysis is a scientifically valid, systematic approach to behavior change that examines the variables that reliably influence socially important behaviors. Students interested in pursuing this post-baccalaureate certificate must hold a bachelor's degree in a related field.
Behavior analysis is used wherever people are interested in behavior change: consumer marketing, rehabilitation clinics, schools, prisons and athletic coaching.
Our course sequence, approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, is relevant for all these areas, and some students who have completed the coursework are in graduate schools studying family therapy, industrial/organizational psychology and child development.
Behavior analysis is the only empirically validated therapy method for people with autism, and professional opportunities in that area are very encouraging. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board specifies that an assistant applied behavior analyst with appropriate training can design, implement and interpret the results of behavioral interventions for clients. Working with a board-certified behavior analyst, an assistant analyst can also teach paraprofessionals to carry out interventions.
Students completing the post-baccalaureate certificate in assistant applied behavior analysis take a minimum of four courses (12-15 credits).
- Applied Behavior Analysis I
- Learning and Behavior
- Applied Behavior Analysis II
- Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum (may be waived with 1,000 hours supervised by a nationally certified behavior analyst)
Students who wish to work in the field as a board-certified assistant applied behavior analyst must hold a bachelor's degree in a related field, complete the required coursework, complete an intensive practicum experience and successfully complete the national certification exam.