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Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Lead Faculty: Dr. Bill Matthew

Applied Behavior Analysis Information

The program includes the five-course sequence in applied behavior analysis which is designed to prepare candidates for the certification examination sponsored by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Upon successful completion of this five course sequence, the candidate will have the option to take and successfully complete the elective ABA 606 course and will have then met the BACB academic requirements for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Also, a candidate may receive a “certificate of completion” from National University. This is not professional certification by the BACB and does not entitle candidates to claim they are BCBAs upon completion.

ABA 607 is not required for the degree or credential, but can be taken to greatly reduce the number of internship hours required by the BACB (Behavior Analysts Certification Board) which is a national licensure for Advanced Behavioral Analys,is.

Information about becoming certified through the BACB can be found at

Required CBA Learning Module Subscription

Students are required to purchase a one year subscription to the CBA Learning Module Series from Behavior Development Solutions (BDS) at Using someone else’s account is not permissible. This program is an addition to the required textbook materials, and will be used throughout the program. The current cost of this program for a twelve month subscription is $265. The CBA Learning Module Series will greatly improve your chances of passing the BCBA® and BCaBA® exams. Students will work on these modules during each class period, and between classes. There is a money-back guarantee from BDS if one uses the modules per BDS recommendations and does not pass the BCBA exam.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply techniques and methods of applied behavior analysis within multicultural learning environments.
  2. Present data and information from applied behavior analysis procedures in graphic, textual, and oral formats.
  3. Integrate overall practice guidelines, code of ethics and laws in applied behavior management.
  4. Critique relevant research literature and use idiographic research methods to solve behavior problems.
  5. Use multiple data sources and points of view in the design, implementation, and evaluation of analytic goals.


Required Courses (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Optional elective (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)