Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a discipline devoted to understanding human behavior and improving quality of life. ABA has applications in fields such as business and industry; autism and intellectual disabilities; education; treatment of psychiatric disorders and family relationships; geriatrics; and general or specialized medicine.
Coursework for the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate* is based upon national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)™ guidelines, preparing students as competent practitioners and contributors to the discipline. Successful program completion meets course requirements to take the Behavior Analyst Certification Examination™.
This 21-credit certificate does not require any field experience (internship or practicum). Instead, the coursework has built-in simulations and application activities to aid in experiential learning. The program can be a stand-alone graduate certificate or a specialization of the Master’s program.
A prior degree in an education-related field or industry experience is not required for admission but is helpful.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the ABA courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
*The Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ has specific degree requirements for eligibility to apply for the BCBA® or BCaBA® credential.
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Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool (https://provost.gmu.edu/licensure) for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.
Students residing outside of the United States, Canada, and Australia are encouraged to visit https://www.bacb.com/global-certification/ for further information about whether they will be eligible for BACB™ certification after January 1, 2023. They are also encouraged to check with their local governing bodies to determine whether George Mason University’s coursework may satisfy requirements for credentialing in their country of residence. Completion of the requirements for Mason’s ABA Graduate Certificate does not guarantee an individual’s eligibility to obtain certification.
The online Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply here.
Virtual Open House
The George Mason University faculty dedicates time throughout the year to hold interactive sessions online for those who would like to learn more about the programs we offer. If you would like to find out more about what you can expect from an online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate, visit our pre-recorded Virtual Open House and watch at your convenience. For information on upcoming sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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