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Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Changing Your Actions Changes Your Life

This unique program will enable you to pursue a career as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. What is applied behavior analysis? It’s helping individuals, groups and organizations through the application of scientific principles of behavior change. Behavior Analysts may work with children and adults with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse and many other populations. With a high demand and a good salary, pursuing your education in ABA makes sense. The UCM Certificate in ABA allows you to complete the certificate at the same time that you are earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or in a related field.

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Requirements for Admission

How do you get admitted to the UCM Certificate Program? You can apply as a current UCM student in a bachelor’s degree program or as a non-degree-seeking student. Minimum requirements are:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • At least one college-level English Composition class with a minimum grade of B
  • Psy 1100 (General Psychology) with a minimum grade of B

Coursework Only Option

You may choose to complete the courses in Applied Behavior Analysis without being admitted to the UCM Certificate Program. Completion of the required courses, with a grade of B or greater, still allows you to meet the educational requirements to apply to take the BCaBA exam and become a Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst (LABA). Contact our program coordinator to discuss which plan is the best for your goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completion of the UCM certificate courses the student will be able to:

1. Describe the critical characteristics of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
2. Describe and apply research methods used in ABA.
3. Describe and apply principles of behavior used to address socially significant problems.
4. Describe and apply behavioral assessment procedures, including functional assessment of behavior.
5. Graph, visually analyze and interpret behavioral data.
6. Describe ethical issues related to ABA and possible solutions to ethical dilemmas. 

BACB Verified Course Sequence

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The course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, simplifying the process of applying for the Board Certified (Assistant) Behavior Analyst credential.


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