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Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Earn a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and acquire the skills to help individuals with challenging behavior and/or skill deficits reach their goals.

Our online program instructs and prepares students to work as Board Certified Behavior Analyst in educational settings such as school and centers and provide services to a variety of individuals with or at-risk for disabilities.

Learn from experienced practitioners who research and actively participate in this field while developing a specialized skill set to best assist individuals across the lifespan.

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
Start Date:

Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 21
Cost Per Credit: $737.00


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Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis overview

Program format
Fully Online
Total credits
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What You'll Learn


In this certificate program, you will learn the principles of human behavior and how to build positive social skills and improve the lives of individuals who are neurodivergent and/or have learning disabilities.

Course Examples

  • EDS 601 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • EDS 630 Advanced Methods Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • EDS 605 Assessment and Treatment of Social and Adaptive Behaviors
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  • EDS 618 Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior
  • EDS 603 Behavioral Consultation and Supervision
  • EDS 618 Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior
  • or
  • EDS 605 Assessment and Treatment of Social and Adaptive Behaviors
  • EDS 633 Single Case Design
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

  • Updated resume overviewing your education and experience.
  • Scholarly writing sample (research article, literature review).
  • Personal statement describing previous experience that led to this desire to obtain ABA certificate.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation speaking to your experience working with children or youth (Only email addresses required. Our system will email them to upload their reference.)

Admissions Criteria

Standard graduate admission requirements apply.

  • Bachelor or Masters degree in a related field (e.g., education, psychology, special education, social work, communication disorders). If not, pre-requisite of EDS 516 (or equivalent from another institution).

Program Contact

Sally Shepley, Ph.D.
Program Director


Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
Start Date:

Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online

One tuition rate

Pay the same online tuition rate, no matter where you live.

Flexible schedule

Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.

Be Supported

Access supporting services and success coaches to help you succeed.
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