Applied Behavioral Analysis

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Certificate Code - CG38

The WVU Department of Special Education offers a graduate certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The ABA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®) as the course component for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) credential. To be eligible for the BCBA® credential, individuals must already hold a Master’s degree or complete the coursework in conjunction with a Master’s degree in an approved area: behavior analysis or other natural science (such as psychology), education (including special education, human services, health sciences, or another field related to behavior analysis approved by the Board.

To be admitted to this certificate, students must currently be already hold a master's degree or be enrolled in a graduate degree program at WVU in an approved area (see above).

A minimum grade of B- is all required courses and an overall GPA of 3.0.
Required Courses
SPED 653Professional Ethics for Behavior Analysts3
SPED 654Foundations and Philosophies of Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPED 655Naturalistic and Functional Analyses of Behavior3
SPED 656Methods in Behavioral Intervention and Treatment3
SPED 657Systems for Behavior Change/Team Building/Case Management3
SPED 713Designing Single Case Research3
Total Hours18

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
SPED 6533SPED 6543SPED 6563
SPED 7133SPED 6553SPED 6573
 6 6 6
Total credit hours: 18

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Applied Behavioral Analysis


Upon completion of the certificate students should be able to:

  • describe and discuss principles and practices of applied behavior analysis related to planning and evaluating supports and interventions for children and adults in home, school and community settings;
  • apply content knowledge to design a functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plan (FBA/BIP);
  • analyze and evaluate applications of single case research design for applied behavior analysis interventions published in the professional literature.