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 21-credit program offers students the opportunity to choose between two options, fully online or a hybrid model(mix of online and face-to-face).

Content of the program is in compliance with the Verified Course Sequence and the 5th Edition Task List.



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Application Requirements

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For more information please see Purdue’s full application instructions.

To complete the application you will need:

  • Transcripts (copy) – Official transcripts will need to be submitted before the end of the first semester.
  • Statement of Purpose – 300 – 500 word essay. Articulate how this program will help you obtain educational and career goals
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation – Name and email addresses.
  • Credit card – application fee

Program Requirements

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A total of 21 credit hours is required for completion of this program.

Core Courses (21 credit hours)

  • EDPS 54700 – Foundations and Principles of Behavior Analysis
      Required Textbooks:

    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall
      *Note: This book will be used in all courses
  • EDPS 54800 – Ethics of Applied Behavior Analysis
      Required Textbooks:

    • Bailey, J. S., & Burch, M. R. (2016). Ethics for Behavior Analysts: (3rd Edition). New York: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-1138949201
    • Brodhead, M. T., Cox, D. J., & Quigley, S. P. (2018). Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. London, UK: Elsevier. Paperback
      ISBN: 9780128140987
  • EDPS 54900 – Verbal Behavior and Social Communication
      Required Textbooks:

    • Skinner, B. F. (1957). Verbal behavior. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall
    • CBA Learning Module Series
  • EDPS 55200 – Basic Concepts of ABA
  • EDPS 61200 – Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
      Required Textbooks:

    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN# 978-0-13-142113-4
  • EDPS 62800 – Behavior Analyst as Supervisor
  • EDPS 68800 – Single Subject Research Design
      Required Textbooks:

    • Cooper, J.O., Heron, T.E., & Heward, W.L. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis, (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Columbus, Ohio.
    • Kennedy, C. H. (2005). Single-case designs for educational research. Pearson/A & B.
    • Ledford, J. R. & Gast, D. L. (Eds.). (2018). Single case research methodology: Applications in special education and behavioral sciences, (3rd Ed). New York, NY: Routledge.

CBA Modules

All students in the program are required to purchase a one-year subscription to the CBA Learning Modules, offered by Behavior Development Solutions. Students will receive a discount on the price of the subscription due to this being a program requirement which brings the total to $345 for 12 months. Students will receive instructions for subscribing to the CBA modules via email from Behavior Development Solutions. It will be used in all courses and is required for taking the certification exam.

The CBA modules were specifically developed for learners to become fluent with the ABA terminology and prepare for the certification exam. Each learning module set consists of a 60 minute acquisition module and a timed fluency module. Specific CBA modules will be assigned in each of the 6 core courses. Within each module, students will complete the acquisition section followed by the fluency test. Though not required, students are encouraged to maintain their subscription until they sit for the BCBA exam. More information about the CBA modules >

Supplemental Program Information

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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.

Career Opportunities (not limited to)

  • Working with individuals:
    • ASD
    • Disabilities
    • Who are in need of increasing skills
    • With challenging behaviors
  • Consulting for teaching and school systems
  • Training parents
  • 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 21 credit hour program also serves as an avenue for recruitment into the Special Education doctoral program for which all credits (minimum =21) accrued from the Master’s can count towards the doctoral program of study.

Tuition and Fees

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Current Tuition Rates and Fees * In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $402.00 $603.00
Technology Fee $7.55 $7.55
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee $11.25 $11.25
Purdue Online (PO) Fee $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $470.80 $671.80
Total Credit Hours 21 21
Total Program Cost $9,886.80 $14,107.80

* Tuition and fees are charges on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increase. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2020-2021 school year.
* Additional one time fee: CBA Modules — $345
* Note: Purdue faculty and staff fee remissions may not be applied to this program.


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Limited Term Lecturer Special EducationEducational Studies
Limited Term Lecturer Special EducationEducational Studies
Associate Professor Coordinator Applied Behavior Analysis Programs, Special EducationEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7238 Website: Vita Website: Autism Behavior Intervention Lab
Limited Term Lecturer Special EducationEducational Studies


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