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Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis


Applied Behavior Analysis is widely accepted as an effective intervention to improve the skills of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board ( and Association for Behavior Analysts International ( have designated the courses within the Special Education Program at the University of Oklahoma as a verified course sequence (VCS). 

This course sequence prepares students for their fieldwork experiences and to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Future students who wish to complete the academic requirements in preparation for supervised fieldwork and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination may apply to this Graduate Certificate Program.

ABA Certificate Sequence  

If accepted, OU graduate students may take the seven-course ABA sequence as a stand alone certification program. If current OU graduate students would like to pursue the ABA certificate coursework as part of their respective degree programs, please consult your advisor.  All courses within this program are delivered via a 100% synchronous distance-learning format.

Students in this graduate certificate program 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.

New Coursework
 *Fall 2019

EDSP 5603: Philosophical Assumptions of Behavior Analysis
EDSP 5613: Principles and Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 5623: Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 5633: Personnel Supervision and Management in Applied Behavioral Analysis
EDSP 5643: Behavior Change in Applied Behavioral Analysis
EDSP 5653: Behavior Assessment in Applied Behavioral Analysis
EDSP 6023: Single Case Design

Previous Coursework *Fall 2019

EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School Settings
EDSP 6023: Single-Case Research Design
EDSP 5243: Applied Behavior Analysis II
EDSP 5343: Applied Behavior Analysis III
EDSP 5443: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts
Elective (must choose one of the following)
EDSP 5013: Special Educational Instructional Methods and Programs
EDSP 5063: Issues and Strategies in a Functional Curriculum

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