Applied Behavorial Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA/BACB) Graduate Certificate Program

The number of students with ASD served in public schools has surged dramatically at local, regional, and national levels, generating demand for highly qualified professionals trained in strategies to support this population. The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is responsive to the newly developed guidelines of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). This program allows students to fulfill the requirement for certification with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) without matriculating into the M.S.Ed. Concentration.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they apply under the current BACB Standards. The BACB Standards are subject to revision in the sole discretion of the BACB Board of Directors.

Program Information

Who should apply to the program?

The program is appropriate for professionals engaged in applied behavior analysis (ABA) service delivery across a variety of populations. Many of the program’s graduates are working with children and adults with autism or intellectual disabilities in school, home, and day treatment settings. Professionals engaged in ABA service delivery in any setting are encouraged to apply.

The program is approved to meet the coursework requirements for the 4th Edition Task List of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Exam; however, it does not meet field experience requirements for the exam. See below.

How much does the program cost?

Information on current tuition rates and fees for the program can be found at Temple's Bursar's Office. (Look under College of Education, Graduate.). The program is comprised of 18 credit hours. Information about financial aid can be found at Temple's Student Financial Services. The College of Education does not offer graduate assistantships or financial aid for the program. Check with your employer about the availability of tuition assistance.

When do classes meet?

The program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis. Courses are offered in the evening on Temple's main campus, typically once per week from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Most courses are not available online. Students may enroll in one or two courses per semester, including summer sessions. The courses do not have to be completed in any specific order; however, students cannot enroll in SPED 5303, Ethics and Applied Behavior Analysis, during their first semester. The following is a typical schedule for courses, though course offerings may vary from semester to semester. For more information on content of specific courses, see Program Requirements below.

Schedule of Course Offerings (subject to change)
Course Semester/Session
SPED 5302: Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with ASD Spring
SPED 5303: Ethics and Applied Behavior Analysis
Note, this cannot be taken as the first course in the program
Summer
SPED 5304: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis Fall
SPED 5305: Single- Subject Research Design Spring
SCH PSY 5676: Applied Behavior Analysis Fall
SCH PSY 8773: Verbal Behavior Spring

For specific schedule of course offerings, visit Temple's Class Schedule.

Can I complete the program online?

No. Most courses are offered only on Temple’s main campus.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis within four semesters.

Does the program meet the requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Pennsylvania Licensed Behavior Specialist?

The program fulfills only the coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Exam. Students must also complete a supervised field experience and pass an exam to obtain the BCBA credential – Temple’s program does not meet the BACB’s field experience requirements. See the BACB website for details on additional exam requirements.

Students may use the program’s courses to partially fulfill requirements for Pennsylvania’s Licensed Behavior Specialist credential. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare website for details of the license. Please note that Temple is not affiliated with the Department of Public Welfare, nor is the program approved to meet any requirements of the Behavior Specialist License.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once you have completed your online application and we have received your transcripts, you will receive notice of acceptance / non-acceptance to the program in 6 – 8 weeks. See “How your Application is Reviewed” below. Please note that applications are not reviewed until we have received your transcripts. Any questions regarding the status of your application should be sent to graduateprograms@temple.edu.

Program Requirements

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (18 semester hours)

  • SPED 5302: Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with ASD - The course overviews instructional, curricular and behavioral intervention strategies for students with autism spectrum disorder within inclusive classroom and other settings based on the science of applied behavior analysis. Strategies for successfully collaborating with diverse students, families, and professionals will be overviewed. Typically offered in spring semester.
  • SPED 5303: Ethics and Applied Behavior Analysis - Provides the student with an overview of ethical practices and considerations for behavior analysts working across a variety of applied settings, including schools and agencies that support people with disabilities. Typically offered in summer semester.  – Note, this cannot be taken as the first course in the program.  You must complete at least one other course prior to enrolling in SPED 5303.
  • SPED 5304: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis - Provides the student with an introduction to the concepts and principles of Behavior Analysis. Core concepts including motivation, reinforcement, punishment, extinction, and rule governed and verbal behavior will be covered, along with examples of behavior change techniques that employ these concepts. Typically offered in fall semester.
  • SPED 8711: Single- Subject Research Design - Provides an overview of strategies for designing and conducting single-subject research in special education. Competencies include selection of independent and dependent variables for research, measurement tactics, research design, establishing generality of results, and ensuring the integrity of research procedures. Typically offered in spring semester.
  • Sch Psy 5676: Applied Behavior Analysis - Provides students with an understanding of behavioral processes and application of behavioral technology to problems of social significance. The course will focus on the basic principles of learning, functional behavior assessment, and effective and practical classroom management strategies. Typically offered in fall semester.
  • Sch Psy 8773: Verbal Behavior - An advanced course in behavior analysis with a focus on Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. Topics include elementary and advanced verbal operants, functional analysis of verbal behavior, criticisms of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior, advanced theory and applications. Typically offered in spring semester.

Note: Students who choose to matriculate into the M.S.Ed. program may transfer up to 12 semester hours from either the ABA/BACB Certificate or Autism Endorsement Certificate programs upon acceptance into the program. Completion of a certificate program does not guarantee admission into the master's program. Students considering matriculating into a master's program are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Admissions Requirements

A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA or 3.5 graduate GPA is recommended for admission.

  • Completed Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges & graduate schools attended
  • TOEFL for non-native speakers of English
  • Current professional resume (upload with online application)
  • Statement of goals (upload with online application)

How Your Application is Reviewed:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Typically, applicants receive a decision within 6-8 weeks after all required application materials have been received. As a general guide, applicants who submit their applications Dec 16 -April 15 should anticipate a decision by May 1 (for Summer admission). For applications submitted April 16 - July 15, applicants should anticipate a decision by August 1 (for Fall admission). For applications submitted July 16-Dec 15, applicants should anticipate a decision by Jan 5 (for Spring admission).