Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

For more information, contact:
Susan Martino
Director of Program Development
Make an Appointment

(248) 370-4415

ABA Program Faculty Advisers:
Janet Graetz, Ph.D. 
Advising & Admissions
(248) 370-2620

Jessica Korneder, BCBA-D 
Course Instructor, Practicum Advising
(248) 370-3080 

ABA: Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Applications for Fall 2020 will be accepted starting in September 2019.  Admission is competitive and an interview is required.

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Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), provided by individuals trained in the principles of behavioral analysis, can help individuals including those with autism learn specific skills such as how to communicate, develop relationships, play, care for themselves, learn in school, succeed at work, and participate fully and productively in family and community activities, regardless of their age. ABA has a strong database of research to document its effectiveness with positive behavioral changes for a variety of populations.

Oakland University's graduate certificate in ABA and the M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration are both approved by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  

In order to earn the BCBA designation, individuals are also required to complete up to 1500 hours of ABA practicum or independent fieldwork, and pass the board’s national exam. 

  • The graduate certificate in ABA (18 credits) offers specific courses in behavioral principles and techniques that fulfill course requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Candidates for the certificate program should already hold a board-approved master's degree.
  • The M.Ed. in Special Education (44 credits) fulfills the BACB degree requirements; the ABA concentration courses are embedded within the degree. Candidates for the master’s program must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree.
  • A variety of board-approved practicum / independent fieldwork options are available. Contact faculty adviser (Dr. Jessica Korneder) for details.

For more detailed information on this credential, please visit Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

View BACB Experience Standards

Association for Behavior Analysis International Web LogoThe Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Admission Criteria
  • Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in ABA must have a board-approved masters degree: in education, psychology or behavior analysis.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A personal interview is required
  • Potential for success in the program
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All are required:

SE 6570: Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
SE 6963: Practicum - Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

SE 6571: Behavioral Assessment
SE 6964: Practicum - Behavioral Assessment

SE 6572: Treatment Planning
SE 6965: Practicum - Treatment Planning

SE 6573: Research Methods
SE 6966: Practicum - Research Methods

SE 6574: Ethics
SE 6967: Practicum - Ethics

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.

Published pass-rate data for the BCBA credential can be found here


ABA Certificate Coursework:

     Oakland University Main Campus
     Pawley Hall
     Rochester, MI 48309
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Fieldwork/University Practicum:

     To be completed at an approved ABA site