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Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program (online)

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BACB Verified Course Sequence*The Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program course sequence is a Verified Course Sequence with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (VCS #4232). Students completing the course sequence will have met all course requirements for the BACB's 5th edition task list.

Read the program chair's blog post to learn about your career opportunities and some advice for prospective students.

Certificate Overview

The Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program provides the specialized coursework needed for individuals interested in taking the exam to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Please refer to the BACB's Pass Rate Data for Verified Course Sequences (PDF). Note that 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.

The seven course certificate program is designed to meet coursework eligibility requirements required for the Behavior Analysis Certification exam. Our carefully planned course sequence prepares individuals to work with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities through the understanding of behavioral analysis and other factors that often contribute to student success.

Most graduate students enrolled in a Fitchburg State Special Education teaching license program will be able to apply two courses to a master’s degree, while students in the non-licensure Special Education Guided Studies, Individualized Concentration could count up to six courses toward their degree.

One of the following must apply:

  1. Submit proof of master's degree in education, behavioral analysis or psychology from a fully accredited institute of higher education
  2. Be matriculated in a Fitchburg State master of education in special education degree program
  3. Concurrently submit a full application to a Fitchburg State master of education in special education degree program

Students must be accepted into the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program prior to enrolling in any courses beyond SPED 8013 and SPED 8028.

Requirements and Curriculum

Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

Required Courses
SPED 8050 Philosophical Underpinnings of Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 8013 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
SPED 8028 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis Comprehensive (May be taken concurrently with SPED 8013.)
SPED 8029 Behavior Change Procedures
SPED 8032 Identification of the Problem/Assessment (May be taken concurrently with SPED 8029.)
SPED 8033 Implementation, Management and Supervision
SPED 8034 Ethical and Professional Issues

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Through the guidance of the knowledgeable teaching staff in the BCBA certificate program, I was able to not only further my understanding of ABA, but also apply it in everyday situations in the school where I work. The application of behavior analytic terms and procedures helped to build a strong understanding and practice of ABA, which I was able to take with me when sitting for the exam. The time and effort that the professors put into making sure that students in the BCBA program were prepared to not only pass the boards, but also to utilize the skills needed to be successful in the field, was important to me. It felt like they truly cared about us and viewed us as more than just students, but instead as future colleagues.
- Sarah Moore, M.Ed., BCBA

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • An official transcript of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or matriculation into a Fitchburg State master of education in special education degree program
  • Professional Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words). The statement should describe your goals and reasons for applying to this program and should include information about previous coursework, training or work experience related to the program.
  • Graduate application and fee


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Total Credits

21 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as little as 1 year, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

The Fitchburg State Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program has a strong grounding in special education. Candidates may enroll concurrently in a M.Ed. in Special Education and can apply a minimum of two courses or as many as all six BCBA courses toward their graduate degree.

Career Opportunities

Once an individual has completed the required coursework and supervised field work and has passed the national BACB examination, there are countless career opportunities available as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA in public school settings, or in private practice.

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