Penn State’s seven-course sequence is based on the BACB’s 5th Edition Task List and course work requirements, which go into effect in January 2022, and is intended to prepare you to sit for the 5th Edition BCBA certification examination. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the seven courses specific to the ABA emphasis toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. 

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. 

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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