Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis has been demonstrated as an effective approach to treating autism, related developmental disorders, dementia, and head trauma. The Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program is designed to provide working professionals—including current behavior analysts or professionals in psychology, education, child care, speech and language pathology, and social services—a mastery of behavior analysis theories and procedures.

Graduate Certificate: Applied Behavior Analysis 

These courses incorporate the 4th edition of the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB) task list requirements. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to sit for the Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) certification examination.  This six-course, fully online program is designed for individuals seeking a career as a certified behavioral analyst or the ability to incorporate applied behavior analysis processes into their professional or personal practices. While many certificants will enter the field in order to provide services to people with ASD, other fields benefit from the skills acquired through this program: namely, the fields of psychology (from which ABA is originally derived) and education.  The level of expertise acquired by completing the coursework requirements has significant value, not just as a preparation for passing the exam, but as a general knowledge base gained to supplement other credentials.

The certificate, taken with additional course requirements, can lead to a Master’s degree in Special Education (MASE). Admission requirements for the degree program can be found in the School of Education catalog section. Each course awards 3 academic credits (graduate). A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each course in this program.


Courses are taken in sequential order at a maximum of one course per session.

The six-course sequence requires a student to be employed at least part-time in a field of employment, which uses Applied Behavior Analysis (i.e. education, medicine, social work, occupational or speech therapy). Assignments in each course will require access to clients in order to complete a client-based project.  The assignments give students the opportunity to practice and research the behavioral principles in a practical format.  

The certificate is awarded upon successful completion of all coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.  No transfer credit may be used.

Effective January 1, 2016, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board will require all applicants for certification possess a master’s degree in behavior analysis, education or psychology.

Admissions Requirements for Certificate

  1. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University (see the Graduate Admissions section).
  2. Online application for graduate admission.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Resume or CV showing current employment in a field related to Applied Behavior Analysis. Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.
EDUU 636An Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis *3
EDUU 637Applied Behavior Analysis: Procedures and Experimental Design3
EDUU 656Applied Behavior Analysis: Basic Technologies of Behavior Change3
EDUU 657Applied Behavior Analysis: Applications3
EDUU 658Applied Behavior Analysis: Advanced Applications3
EDUU 659Applied Behavior Analysis: Ethics3


Prepares students to sit for examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).