Applied Behavior Analysis CERT

Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Our advanced certificate is for students who already possess or are enrolled in a program leading to a Masters degree in applied behavior analysis, psychology, or education (or other discipline acceptable to NYS). Completing the advanced certificate will allow students to sit for licensure in New York State as a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) as well as the requirements for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). We offer the practicum experience in conjunction with the coursework, for a more comprehensive, integrated program.

This 24-credit program can be completed in as little as one calendar year and students may begin the program at any point during the academic year (Fall, Spring, or Summer).  During the semester when students are enrolled in practicum, a minimum of 2 days per week (10-15 hours per week for a minimum of 150 hours over the 15-week semester) in an approved practicum site is required. Outside of that, students can continue to gain the necessary 1500 supervised experience hours for a minimum of 10 hours per week in approved settings under the supervision of appropriately qualified individuals (e.g., LBA/BCBAs). 

Successful applicants will present evidence of excellent undergraduate and graduate academic performance, a strong interest in using scientific procedures to teach, not just to manage behaviors, strong recommendations, and a passion for accelerating the learning and development of children with language, social, and behavior difficulties such as those associated with autism and related disorders.

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Admissions Information

Advanced Certificate

  • Points/Credits: 24
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): Rolling
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Resume
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Course Requirements

Required Courses

HBSE 4015 ABA I:  Concepts and Principles in Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Management (3 credits)

HBSE 4016 ABA II:  Foundational Concepts and Epistemology of Basic and Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

HBSE 4044 Methods 1:  Research Methods in Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Management (3 credits)

HBSE 4045 Methods 2:  Curricular and Pedagogical Operations for Teaching the Foundations of Functional Academic Literacy (3 credits)

HBSE 4047 Record-Keeping in Applied Behavior Analysis (2 credits)

HBSE 4048 Working with Families of Children with ASD (3 credits)

HBSE 4049 Professional and Ethical Issues in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

HBSK 5050 Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions (3 credits)


HBSE 4046   Methods 3:  Curricular and Pedagogical Operations for Teaching Advanced Functional Academic Literacy (3 credits)


HBSE 4304 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (1 credit in the first semester, 0 credits for all semesters after that).  Students must meet 150-hour minimum requirement in the first semester

HBSE 4704 Student Teaching Practicum (for students enrolled in the ABA MA program only) (0-3 credits)

Total = 24 credits

Students are encouraged to review all requirements and regulations for both the LBA ( and BCBA (, particularly as they related to the necessary supervised experience. 

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