Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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4 Week Classes
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis includes four-week classes.
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Program Overview

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Gain teaching techniques to promote positive behavior in the classroom by earning a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Applied behavior analysis is focused on exploring the principles of learning theory as related to the science of human behavior. Throughout the applied behavior analysis certification program, you’ll develop strategies for shaping and promoting positive behavior change, including discrete trial instruction, pivotal response training, incidental teaching, fluency-based instruction, and others. The techniques you’ll explore have been proven effective in improving skills such as language, self-help, and play, as well as in decreasing behaviors like aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, and self-injury.

The six-course sequence in applied behavior analysis is designed to prepare you for the national ABA certification examinations sponsored by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Upon successful completion of National University’s six course sequence, students receive a certificate of completion from National University, but this is not professional certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and does not entitle students to claim they are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Information about becoming certified through the BACB can be found at

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate data and information from applied behavior analysis procedures, and synthesize in graphic, textual, and oral formats.
  • Integrate overall practice guidelines code of ethics and laws in applied behavior management.
  • Critique relevant research literature and use idiographic research methods to solve behavior problems.
  • Use multiple data sources and points of view in the design, implementation, and evaluation of analytic goals.
  • Apply methods of applied behavior analysis to practice.

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