The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) regularly surveys practicing professionals to determine key skills needed by behavior analysts. These skills are broken down into specific content areas. The BACB requires a specific number of hours of instruction in each content area.
The BACB has approved Penn State's curriculum as meeting the course work requirements for eligibility to take the board certification exam. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements and fees to qualify for certification and should view all requirements prior to applying.
Course List - Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
|Description||Required or optional|
|SPLED 503A — Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education: Basic Principles I (4 credits)
Offered August–December only.
|SPLED 503B — Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education: Basic Principles II (4 credits)
Offered January–April only.
|SPLED 503C — Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education: Extended Applications I (4 credits)
Offered May–July only.
|SPLED 503D — Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education: Extended Applications II (3 credits)
*Students travel to Penn State University in August to attend a face-to-face week-long seminar held in conjunction with the National Autism Conference
|SPLED 511 — Ethical Considerations for Special Populations (3 credits)||Required|
|SPLED 867 — Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (10 credits)
Supervised experience in applied settings implementing behavior management techniques.