Applied Behavior Analysis, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

The Applied Behavior Analysis is an 18-credit post-graduate certificate program designed to provide professionals in psychology, education, child care, speech and language disorders or counseling and human services with a mastery of therapy methods and treatments of children and adults with autism and related developmental disorders. This certificate will prepare students to meet the requirements needed to take the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) exam. Upon completion of the certificate program, students will have met the coursework and practicum hours required to sit for the certification exam.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Group interviews with program faculty members prior to acceptance are required. Program directors review applications and pay particular attention to each applicant’s ability to address program specific professional goals and professional identity in the statement of intentions.

Students falling below a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale may be required to submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other graduate-level courses, a record of progressively higher work responsibilities, or scores from the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination.

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This 18-credit post-graduate certificate program is uniquely designed based on the ABA competencies and the intensive practicum hours required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

abai.gifThe Association of 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.

Applied Behavior Analysis Curriculum

ABA 600: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
ABA 610: Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis
ABA 620: Problem Identification and Behavior Change Consideration in Behavior Analysis
ABA 630: Applied Behavior Analysis I
ABA 640: Measurement and Experimental Design in Behavior Analysis
ABA 650: Applied Behavior Analysis II 

Each course has 125 hours of practicum experiences that are directly linked to the content from the BACB Task List, thereby affording students to apply theory to practice.

    Why Choose Scranton?


    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.


    As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.


    Faculty with extensive experience working in various environments and staff training in ABA and related evidence based practices.

    Purpose of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program

    There is a critical shortage of skilled professionals who can offer behavioral intervention which is the proven key to the successful treatment of autism. Board Certified Behavioral Analysts are required to demonstrate a high level of understanding of behavioral principles and concepts that are scientific and evidence-based, not limited by their own clinical experience. Highly educated and skilled providers of autism services are needed to help our children and family members to reach their full potential.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    A Welcoming Space

    The Center for Autism Education & Training assists individuals and families in navigating services throughout the region.

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    Growing Need

    Highly educated & skilled providers of autism services are needed to help children and family members reach their full potential

    Program Elements

    Practicum Experiences

    Each course has 125 hour of practicum experiences directly linked to the content from the BACB Task List.

    Commitment to Community

    Addressing the growing need for highly educated and skilled clinicians who hold the BACB credential.

    Meet the Department Chair

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    Lori A. Bruch, Ed.D, CRC, LPC

    Department Chair


    Ed.D., The George Washington University M.S., The University of Wisconsin-Stout M.Ed., The Penn State University B.S., The Penn State University


    (570) 941-4038

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