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Graduate Certificate in Psychology — Applied Behavior Analysis

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Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

EKU’s 100% online certificate in applied behavior analysis provides an accelerated path to the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designation for students already possessing a master’s degree.

Rooted in established, evidence-based practices and principles, our comprehensive program prepares graduates to pursue rewarding careers in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis. Graduates are prepared to work in school, residential, or community-based settings and with different populations including, children, adults and seniors. This program meets the educational requirements for students who wish to pursue a career as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Graduates with a qualifying degree who have completed supervised experience requirements are qualified to sit for the BCBA exam and, upon passing, are eligible to pursue independent practice and insurance reimbursement for services provided. 

Program At-A-Glance

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21 Credit Hours

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Up To 12 Hours

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$662

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Benefits
ABAI Verified
BCBA Certification
Careers

Benefits of EKU Online

Rooted in established, evidence-based practices and principles, our comprehensive program prepares graduates to pursue rewarding careers in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

Program benefits include:

  • 100% online – No required campus visits
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence for the 5th Edition of the BACB task list
  • Graduates who have completed supervised experience requirements are qualified to sit for the BCBA exam and, upon passing, are eligible to pursue independent practice and insurance reimbursement for services provided
  • GRE waived for students with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Research opportunities
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Personalized graduation plan

Verified Course Sequence

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Certification as a BCBA

To become licensed as a behavior analyst in the state of Kentucky (and in most other states), an individual must be certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the leading international credentialing agency for behavior analysts accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Certification by the BACB requires completion of content-specific, approved coursework; a graduate degree in a relevant discipline; supervised experience; and a passing score on a professional examination developed by the BACB.

This program meets the educational requirements for pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In addition to their educational requirements, graduates of this program will need to pass an exam, complete supervised experience requirements, and complete an application process to become certified. Passing the BCBA exam provides eligibility to pursue independent practice and insurance reimbursement for services provided.

See the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website for up-to-date details.

If you already hold a master’s degree in any subject area, look at our 21 hour ABA graduate certificate.

Career Opportunities

To become licensed as a behavior analyst in the state of Kentucky (and in most other states), an individual must be certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the leading international credentialing agency for behavior analysts accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Certification by the BACB requires completion of content-specific, approved coursework; a graduate degree in a relevant discipline; supervised experience; and a passing score on a professional examination developed by the BACB. EKU’s 100% online master’s degree in applied behavior analysis provides the quality curriculum and training required to meet the high coursework standards set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). 

Graduates who have completed supervised experience requirements are qualified to sit for the BCBA exam and, upon passing, are eligible to pursue independent practice and insurance reimbursement for services provided. Licensed behavior analysts work in schools, residential, or community-based settings and with different populations including, children, adults and seniors.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics* employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling services. In addition, states are increasingly seeking treatment and counseling services for drug offenders as a cost-effective alternative to incarceration and as a method to reduce recidivism.

Job opportunities include:

  • Behavior analyst
  • Board certified behavior analyst (BCBA)
  • Senior therapist
  • Parent educator
  • Behavior consultant
  • Educational consultant
  • Organizational consultant
  • Behavior specialist
  • Behavior coach
  • ABA therapist
Find your career

 

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Watch this video to learn more about a scientific field focused on helping people reach their outcomes through behavior change. 

Curriculum

EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as addressing problem behaviors, behavioral research and measurement, building new behaviors, and foundations, concepts and principles in applied behavior analysis.

As part of our commitment to educational excellence, Eastern Kentucky University, in compliance with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and Applied Behavioral Analysis International, has met the requirements/required competencies and has transitioned to the BACB’s 5th Edition task list. For additional information, please speak to the program advisor.

Degree Requirements

A total of 21 credits are required to graduate. Complete certificate requirement information about the applied behavior analysis program is available in the University graduate catalog.

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 12 hours of credit from accredited institutions. 

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 6 of the University graduate catalog.

PSY 813 Ethics and Professional Conduct in ABA (3)
Foundational ethics for behavior analysts practicing across applied and research areas.

PSY 833 Behavioral Research and Measurement (3)
Review of principles and practices underlying behavioral measurement and single subject research designs.

PSY 855 Addressing Problem Behaviors (3)
Review of principles, practices, and methods used to decrease problem behaviors as well as general intervention and behavior change procedures.

PSY 895 Building New Behaviors (3)
Review of principles, practices, and methods used to increase desired behavior.

Enrollment

Courtney Spradling

Courtney Spradling

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Courtney Spradling for information about the Psychology Master’s Degree program.

Contact Info: 
859-622-9951
Courtney.Spradling@eku.edu

Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 5 August

Admission Requirements

Any master’s degree with the prerequisite content of 1 research, 1 statistics, and 3 psychology courses with a minimum overall graduate grade point average of 2.75.

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Financial Aid Office: 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345
Student Account Services: 859-622-1232

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

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