Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst

The Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program is designed for the individual who is ready to take the next step into the exciting and rewarding field of behavior analysis. Although the program is designed for students who already possess a graduate-level degree, SHSU offers the M.A. degree in Special Education, which can be concurrently completed with this program. The specialized skills possessed by behavior analysts are in high demand and applicable to a rich variety of professional careers and settings, including but not limited to elementary, middle, and high school education; education administration; and behavioral therapy.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

The Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program offers premium flexibility for working professionals, with evening courses offered at The Woodlands Center. Late afternoon and early evening course offerings are available during summer semesters.

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*Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

Program Breakdown
Degree Type Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Length 21 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

Students applying for admission to the Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program should submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Graduate Admissions Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  • Official transcript of master's degree conferral from an accredited institution
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected.

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