Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
The certificate program complements the existing MS in Applied Behavior Analysis. The MS degree is for those individuals with a bachelor’s degree seeking a master's degree and a program of coursework and practicum leading to Board Certification in Behavior Analysis. The Certificate program is for those individuals who already have a master's, Educational Specialist, or Ph.D. degree and wish to acquire additional knowledge and skills in applied behavior analysis.
This UNO ABA certificate program does not lead to Board Certification in Behavior Analysis unless one takes all courses in the ABAI verified course sequence listed below and the BACB practicum (750-1500 hours) or BCBA supervised field experience. In addition, the individual’s degree must be in psychology or education or applied behavior analysis. See BACB website for more details on attaining BCBA.
All coursework is online. However, all online courses require a synchronous meeting, typically weekly, which students will join via Zoom video. All courses, including online courses, follow a semester schedule sequence. Online courses are not offered asynchronously.
Although a University Practicum Experience is offered, due to the intensity of the supervision requirements, full-time employees who are seeking BCBA and taking courses part-time are strongly encouraged to consider supervised field experience option instead. See www.bacb.com/experience-standards-monthly-system/
Application deadlines are November 1st for starting course work in January (winter semester) or June 1st for starting course work in August (fall semester)
Applicants must submit online application to the UNO graduate office including:
One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
- 500 on the written TOEFL
- 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
- 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL
- 5.5 on the IELTS
- 44 on the PTE
Master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA, a major or a minor (or at least a 15-credit concentration) in psychology, education, or a related area
Statement of purpose: a 1000-word essay describing why you seek admission to this program
At least one letter of recommendation.
For the UNO ABA certificate, 12 credit hours (4 courses) minimum are required. For eligibility for the BCBA exam, all courses (18 credits) and Practicum or field experience are required:
PSYC 9040/MMI 904: Proseminar: Learning (3 credits)
PSYC 8550/MMI 850: Psychotherapeutic Interventions (3 credits)
PSYC 8576/MMI 857: Behavior Analysis and Intervention (3 credits)
PSYC 8700/MMI 870: Ethics and Law for Psychological Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
PSYC 9570/MMI 957: Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
PSYC 9100/MMI 910: Small n Research Designs (3 credits)
PSYC 9470/MMI 947: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (12 credits, 750-1500 hours)
- In order to successfully complete the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate program, students will be required to earn at least a grade of “B” (3.0 in scale where 4.0 = A) in each course.
- Students admitted to the ABA graduate certificate program must create a portfolio containing a sample project from practicum. A portfolio review will be conducted by the student’s advisor before the certificate is awarded.
Other Program-Related Information
To enroll in each course, students must obtain instructor approval and permit prior to registration.