Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Program Description

Applied behavior analysis has been demonstrated as an effective approach to treating autism, related developmental disorders, dementia, and head trauma effectively. 

The online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed to provide working professionals—including current behavior analysts or professionals in psychology, education, child care, speech and language pathology, and social services—a mastery of behavior analytic theories and procedures.

The Chicago School's Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) courses are built on a foundation of behavior analytic theory. The practitioners and scholars who make up our faculty are practicing Board Certified Behavior Analysts, who follow the latest research and know how to translate that research into practical applications for client treatment. 

Unlike a typical classroom lecture format, courses in this online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program are interactive workshops that incorporate students’ professional experiences into the learning process. Faculty members encourage students to share their actual client or student challenges in class discussions to help develop real strategies for solving them and ensuring that the program is relevant to each student’s unique situation.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares students to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and can be completed in under a year, depending on field supervision availability.




Prepares students to sit for examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

Students wishing to complete supervised fieldwork (practicum) at an approved site will take either five (group supervision only) or 10 (group and individual supervision) additional credits of online coursework. Students are not required to complete supervised fieldwork with The Chicago School.

Program Time to Completion

under 1 year
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution, that was conferred in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, human services, engineering, medicine, or related behavior analysis field approved by the BCBA
  • N/A
  • Proficiency in computing and Internet technologies
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis

Behavior analysis is a natural science approach to studying behavior. A key operating assumption is that behavior is a legitimate subject matter in its own right, and is not the result of processes occurring within the individual. This course instructs students in the basic principles of operant and respondent conditioning, selection by consequences, and the research literature from which the principles were derived. The course also addresses the philosophical assumptions of behavior analysis (i.e., radical behaviorism).

Assessment and Intervention

In this course, students learn how to conduct assessments, review assessment data, develop function-based interventions, and to make data-based decisions.

Group Supervision

While completing Chicago School approved field experience the students meet online with a BCBA supervisor one hour per week and prepare portfolio exhibits. Students remain enrolled until both minimum field experience hours and minimum supervision hours have been successfully completed. Supervision hours are counted toward the total number of experience hours required.

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