BACB-Approved Course Sequence

The BACB has approved Penn State's curriculum as meeting the course work requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA board certification exam. The course work is broken down into specific content areas relating to the skills and knowledge required for the certification exam.  The fifth course is an opportunity to attend a face-face seminar at Penn State University in conjunction with the National Autism Conference. 

Course List - Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis 

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate
Description Required or optional
SPLED 503A — Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education: Basic Principles I (4 credits)
Offered August–December only.
Required
SPLED 503B — Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education: Basic Principles II (4 credits)
Offered January–April only.
Required
SPLED 503C — Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education: Extended Applications I (4 credits)
Offered May–July only.
Required
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
Required
SPLED 811 — Ethical Considerations for Special Education Populations (3 credits) Required
SPLED 867 — Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (10 credits)
Supervised experience in applied settings implementing behavior management techniques.
Optional

 

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