Help Students With Autism Thrive with a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Create Positive Change

The online Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Edward’s University will help you make a difference in the lives of people with autism or other disabilities by building a positive learning environment between teachers, parents, and children. Our program will also prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) in as little as 14 months.

Program Benefits

Prepare for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Exam

You will be uniquely prepared to take the BCBA Examination*, as our program’s curriculum is aligned with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s current standards and the changes planned in 2022.

Inspiring, In-Demand
Career Path

The rising diagnosis rate for children with autism has led to a demand for specially trained professionals in schools and organizations that serve students with developmental and behavioral disorders.

Accelerated, Fully Online Format

Our online program was designed for working professionals like you. The flexible format allows you to complete your coursework at your convenience.

Unique Student Experience

Small class sizes, dynamic online learning technologies, and innovative course design create an engaging graduate school experience.

Course Topics

The online Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis requires a master's degree from an accredited institution. This 21-credit hour program can be completed in 14 months while working full-time.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence* features seven up-to-date courses that will prepare you to provide evidence-based instruction and consultative services supporting clients and their family members across a variety of settings.

Course topics include:

  • Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ethical Issues and Professional Standards in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Research Methods
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Development of Applied Behavioral Analysis Intervention Programs
  • Organizational Behavior Management

*The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following 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.

Tuition & Financing

The skills learned in the St. Edward's University Applied Behavior Analysis programs prepare you for career advancement in the growing field of behavior analysis.

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (Master's Degree Required) $26,082*

Tuition includes all course fees but does not include books, comprehensive fees, or other course materials.

Once accepted to the program, you are required to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit. Deposits are applied toward tuition and secure your place in the upcoming class.

*Tuition is subject to change at the discretion of the St. Edward’s University Board of Trustees.

The St. Edward’s University Financial Aid office provides information about financial aid opportunities available to graduate students.

Please visit the Financial Aid website or call us at (512) 387-3110 if you are interested in additional details.


How to Apply

Learn more about our application process on our How to Apply page.


Take Your Career to the Next Level.

Please fill out the contact form for more information or to request a call from an enrollment counselor.

*To sit for the BCBA exam, students also need to accrue 2,000 hours of direct/indirect fieldwork.