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Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

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Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate


Applied Behavior Analysis has been widely accepted as an effective intervention to improve the skills of children and youth with autism, other developmental disabilities, and students receiving special education services. The Behavior Analysts Certification Board ( has designated the Special Education Program at the University of Oklahoma as an Approved Training Site to offer ABA courses to prepare students who have a Masters degree or higher for their fieldwork experiences and to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Future or current special educators, community agency staff, and interested students who wish to complete the academic requirements in preparation for supervised fieldwork and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination may apply to Graduate Certificate Program.

ABA Certificate Sequence  

If accepted, OU graduate students  may take the six-course ABA sequence as a concentration as part of their graduate degree program. If current OU graduate students would like to pursue the ABA certificate coursework in their respective degree programs, please consult your advisor.

Students in this ABA Certification Sequence option who have never taken an introductory course in special education must successfully complete EDSP-5413 either before or concurrently with other courses in this sequence.


EDSP-5143-Applied Behavior Analysis in School Setting
EDSP-5243-Applied Behavior Analysis II
EDSP-5343-Applied Behavior Analysis III
EDSP-6023-Single Case Research Design
EDSP-5443-Ethics & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts
EDSP 5013 Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs OR
EDSP-5063-Teaching Techniques in a Functional Curriculum

Important Notice: OU does not issue BCBA certification. Although the ABA coursework has been vetted and approved by the BACB, students must independently submit their credentials to the BACB and pass the BCBA exam.

All Special Education courses offered at the graduate level will be delivered in both blended (hybrid) and online (synchronous) formats. Please note that blended (hybrid) courses provide both on-campus lecture and computer-based activities. Online (synchronous) courses require time specific participation wherein students participate in real-time lecture and activities at the same time blended (hybrid) counterparts participate  in on-campus lecture. No asynchronous offerings are currently provided (i.e. students complete class activities whenever they want).