Penn State’s course sequence is intended to meet the BACB’s Pathway 2 course work requirements for eligibility to sit for the 5th Edition BCBA board certification exam, which go into effect in January 2022. Those wanting to qualify for certification under the BACB’s 4th Edition standards may wish to seek a course work sequence from an institution still offering a 4th Edition program.

In addition to completing the specified course work, the BACB also requires a graduate degree (i.e., master’s or doctoral) and supervised fieldwork experience that meets the 2022 fieldwork requirements in order to qualify to take the BCBA certification exam. Please visit the BACB’s website for detailed information on becoming certified.

Course List - Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis 

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate
SPLED 505 — Single Subject Research
SPLED 806 — Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis
SPLED 807 — Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
SPLED 808 — Assessment of Behavior in Contexts
SPLED 809 — Behavior Change Interventions and Management I

SPLED 810 — Behavior Change Interventions and Management II

*A 5-day, on-campus course held in early August that corresponds with Penn State’s National Autism Conference.

SPLED 811 — Ethical Considerations for Special Education Populations


Course Availability

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