Online Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Program at a Glance
  • Develop the knowledge to advance in your current ABA career or explore other opportunities in the field.
  • Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Examination.
  • Complete a practicum experience to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Learn from faculty in who are working professionals in the behavior analysis field.
COURSE EFFORT 18 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 30
COST PER CREDIT $371
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate Overview

Interested in studying what motivates human behavior? Purdue Global’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Postbaccalaureate Certificate is designed for just that.

The certificate provides applied behavior analysis training focused on improving the skills and achievements of children in school settings; enhancing the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults with different kinds of disabilities; and increasing the performance and satisfaction of employees in organizations and businesses.

Our ABA postbaccalaureate coursework is designed to prepare you to:

  • Draw upon foundational principles in the field of applied behavior analysis to provide assessments, design behavior intervention plans, and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment of children and adults with special needs.
  • Utilize basic methodologies in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and the interpretation and evaluation of findings to determine effective client services.
  • Use analytical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems and design individualized treatment plans related to behavior and mental health as defined in the DSM-5 diagnostic categories.
  • Apply conceptual knowledge of the principles of applied behavior analysis to case examples and scenarios that reflect everyday problems within individuals, families, and organizations with regard to functional assessments, behavior intervention plans, and the evaluation of effectiveness of treatment.
  • Explain treatment approaches in terms that clients, their families, and organizations can understand to gain informed consent.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

BACB Approved Logo Verified by BACB®

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®, (BACB) has verified the course sequence of the Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination.*


Note: Applicants will have to meet additional field experience requirements to qualify.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

Career Opportunities

With an applied behavior analysis certificate, you can:

  • Work to reduce problem behavior.
  • Improve patient performance in settings such as group homes, clinics, corporations, and nonprofits.
  • Develop intervention and treatment plans.
  • Work as a consultant.

Possible career areas may include mental health, social services, or educational centers.

Engage With Fellow Students

Our rich online experience includes several opportunities to network and build on your knowledge and skills.


Students are invited to join organizations such as the Psychology Club and Autism Speaks U.

The curriculum includes five courses that focus on people who are developmentally disabled, autistic, and suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Sample Courses
  • Exceptional Needs Children
  • Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • Applied Behavior Analysis II
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Program Design and Evaluation
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits30
  • Total Credits30

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Refer to the BACB’s website (www.BACB.com) for full eligibility requirements. The BACB verifies university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs. Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.