The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education prepares students for roles as behavior analysts in educational and clinical settings. Students will take the course work necessary to be eligible to take and pass the national behavior analyst certification examination developed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in accordance with governing bodies in behavior analysis. The certificate is available only online.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Education, students must meet the requirements specified below.
An applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education must:
- submit both departmental and university application forms.
- have a master’s degree or be enrolled in a master’s degree program at Michigan State University.
- submit three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic potential to pursue graduate study and competence or potential to deliver applied behavior analysis or related services.
- submit a statement of professional goals that clearly describe the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the certificate and the goals that the emphasis area will help them attain.
- have access to high-speed internet and the appropriate technologies.
Applications are reviewed by faculty who look for indications of a high probability of success. The following factors are significant in determining admission to the emphasis area:
- A grade-point average of 3.00 or higher in the last two years of undergraduate and all graduate courses.
- Experience working with children and youth with disabilities in a school or camp or other experience with behavior analysis that is acceptable to the faculty.
- Professional goals that are consistent with the objectives of the emphasis area.
- A test of English language proficiency for students for whom English is not a first language.
The certificate requires completion of seven courses. All courses are offered online only. Students are required to have access to high-speed internet and the appropriate technologies. A student who, in the judgment of the faculty, has not completed appropriate courses in exceptional children or behavior management may be required to complete such courses in addition to the requirements below.
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education
Students must complete the following (21 credits):
|Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers
|Autism Spectrum Disorder: Assessment and Intervention
|Supervision in Applied Behavior Analysis
|Concepts and Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis
|Ethics in Behavior Analysis II
|Verbal Behavior in Education
|Single-case Experimental Designs for Intervention Research