Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
SPLED 505Single-Case Research3
SPLED 806Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPLED 807Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPLED 808Assessment of Behavior in Contexts3
SPLED 809Behavioral Change Procedures and Management I3
SPLED 810Behavioral Change Procedures and Management II3
SPLED 811Ethical Considerations for Special Education Populations3
Total Credits21


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. BEH PRINCIPLES:Students will be able to define,apply,and explain behavior principles in response to applied situations.
  2. BEH DATA: Students will be able to use evidence-based methods to collect, display, interpret, and communicate behavioral data.
  3. BEH ASSESSMENT:Students will be able to select, implement, and explain evidence-based methods of assessment for behavioral program implementation.
  4. BEH CHANGE:Students will be able to select, implement, and explain evidence-based interventions to affect socially significant behavior change for clients.
  5. ETHICAL PRACTICE:Students will be able to explain, communicate, and engage in professional practice using current ethical guidelines in behavior analysis.

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head David Lee
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Pamela S Wolfe
Program Contact

David Lee
125 CEDAR Building
University Park PA 16802
(814) 865-3567

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