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Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Purdue University College of Education’s online certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares future behavior analysts who apply the science of behavior analysis across educational systems. The 18-credit program can be completed in as little as 1 year and offers students the opportunity to choose between two options, fully online or a hybrid model(mix of online and face-to-face).

The program has been verified to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify including completion of the required experience hours or additional state requirements. Board Certified Behavior Analysts have career opportunities including but not limited to working with individuals with ASD, working with individuals with and without disabilities who engage in challenging behavior and/or who are in need of increasing skills, consulting with teachers and school systems to create positive behavior support systems, training parents, and collaborating with medical professionals.

The program operates in a cohort model fashion in which students, regardless of option, begin a systematic scope and sequence of coursework in the fall semester. The cohort model is designed to foster professional learning communities for students. To facilitate this, the program is delivered through both asynchronous and synchronous class meetings. Required synchronous meetings provide students opportunities to interact in a live format with their professors and classmates from both the online only and hybrid model. All students in the cohort attend synchronous classes together, either through webconferencing, from any location, or on-campus, in a face-to-face setting with Purdue West Lafayette faculty, fostering a sense of community and providing all students the opportunity to learn collaboratively. Students also have the opportunity to participate in independent applied behavior analysis research with program faculty as part of their plan of study.

The program also offers an intensive university practicum, in which students may accrue the required number of supervised hours to sit for the Behavior Analysts Certification Exam. The intensive practicum, which requires fewer supervised hours than the independent field work option, is provided in collaboration with a site of the student’s choosing. Supervision is provided collaboratively by the on-site BCBA supervisor and a Purdue West Lafayette university supervisor to facilitate transfer of knowledge from coursework to practice.

The 18 credit hour program also serves as an avenue for recruitment into the Special Education doctoral program for which all credits (minimum =30) accrued from the Master’s can count towards the doctoral program of study.

Admissions into the program are accepted for the fall terms only.

The Fall 2019 deadline has been extended to June 1st or until all program positions are filled. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.

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Career accounts:
ITaP (765) 494-4000
Course Content Information or Blackboard:
Rose Mason.
Course Registration, payment, drops/withdraws, and removing holds:
Purdue Online Learning purdueonline@purdue.edu