Applied Behavior Analysis, Graduate Certificate

Applicaton Deadline

One month before the start of new cohort.
*New cohorts begin every 3 semesters (not including summer).


The major purpose of the sixth year professional program is to extend professional knowledge of practitioners in school programs for exceptional children. Corollary objectives provide for advanced professional preparation in special education, expansion of knowledge concerning other areas of exceptionality, and creating an awareness of the problems concerned with special education administration and supervision. The program is open to candidates who hold a master’s degree. Admission requirements include a departmental interview, submission of an essay, and two letters of recommendation.

Individual programs are planned by the adviser and are based upon the applicant’s background, training, and educational experience. Up to nine graduate credits of transfer credits are allowed only if the courses transferred are commensurate with those required for the sixth year program.

Sixth Year Certificate —courses will be planned with student individually. The program will include a minimum of 15 credits at the 600 level.

Inclusion and student diversity are changing the way in which educational services are delivered. Teachers and support staff increasingly collaborate in the classroom to individualize and enhance instruction for students with special needs. This course of study prepares educators in a wide range of collaborative approaches, including teamwork, co-teaching, coaching, and consultation, and includes core courses, guided application projects, and participation in a collaboration/consultation practicum. The five courses in collaboration/consultation may be taken with the courses required for certification in Educational Leadership as an Intermediate Administrator.

Verified Course Sequence (VCS) first time pass rate data for the BCBA exam can be found at the BACB website here.  Please note pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

Applied Behavior Analysis — Sixth Year Certificate —30 Credits in Specialization

  • SED 641 - Ethical and Professional Conduct — 3 credits
  • SED 642 - Organizational Behavior Management and Supervision - 2 credits
  • SED 689 - Philosophical Underpinnings of ABA - 1 credit
  • SED 690 - Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis — 3 credits
  • SED 691 - Single Subject Research Methods — 3 credits
  • SED 693 - Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis — 3 credits
  • SED 694 - Intervention in Applied Behavior Analysis — 3 credits
  • SED 692 - Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis — 3 credits


          * SED 695 — Supervised Independent Fieldwork in ABA — 1 credit

9 electives needed to reach the 30 credit requirement. These electives may be any graduate level course in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, or the College of Health and Human Services. Up to 6 credits of graduate level coursework may be applied to the 6th Year Certificate only if those credits have not been previously applied towards another degree.

*SED 695 may be taken up to three times and is an option for those students who would like Southern to provide support for BACB required supervision. At this time, student must arrange the location of supervision, where they are employed for 30+ hours per week (e.g., at the school where they currently work).

The 6th Year Certificate in Special Education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis currently runs on a cohort system (subject to change), with a new cohort beginning every three semesters. (e.g., Fall 2016, Spring 2018, etc). Applicants are encouraged to contact the Special Education and Reading department to verify next cohort start dates and application timelines. Please contact the Special Education and Reading department on the application to the program.