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Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

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If you’re interested in expanding your competencies in psychology, Purdue Global’s postgraduate certificate program is designed for motivated professionals like you. This online program emphasizes behavioral concepts and theories and their application to special populations. If you already have a graduate degree in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, earning this ABA certificate could help prepare you to advance or diversify within this field.*

Note: This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

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BACB®-Verified Course Sequence

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

Following the coursework, you will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Visit BACB’s website for full eligibility requirements.

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis Program Highlights

A postgraduate certificate in applied behavior analysis provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Understand how behavioral theories relate to real-world situations
  • Employ assessment and intervention treatment procedures in applied behavior analysis
  • Critically evaluate and relate psychological and behavioral theories and concepts to various situations within the field of applied behavior analysis
  • Apply evidence-based theoretical and conceptual foundations of applied behavior analysis to arrive at appropriate professional practice strategies
  • Understand and apply legal, ethical, individual, cultural, and social validity standards and guidelines set forth within the field of applied behavior analysis
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Additional Admissions Requirements

To enroll in this program, in addition to Purdue Global's general requirements, you must have earned a minimum of a graduate degree in an acceptable field of study (behavior analysis, education, or psychology) from an acceptable accredited institution. Prior to enrollment, you must submit an unofficial transcript indicating receipt of a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited institution; an official copy of the transcript must be received by the end of the first term. Refer to the Purdue Global Catalog for additional information.

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Prepare for Future Studies

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Purdue Global degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Purdue Global.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

With a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, you could focus 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
  • Increasing the performance and satisfaction of employees in organizations and businesses

Possible job settings include mental health, social services, or educational centers.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

The ABA therapy certificate’s curriculum includes five courses that focus on individuals who are developmentally disabled, autistic, or suffering from traumatic brain injuries. You’ll explore behavioral concepts and theories, and develop assessment and intervention skills. You will also complete a practicum experience. Courses include:

  • Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Advanced Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavioral Measures and Interpretation of Data
  • Implementing Behavioral Change
  • Clinical Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits35
  • Total Credits35

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*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.   

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.