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    Program Description

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science that works to develop methods of changing behavior. Professionals who are versed in this science provide services to meet various behavioral needs in a multitude of settings. Monmouth University's ABA online certificate program is appropriate for individuals who would like to increase their knowledge of ABA and those looking to sit for the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) exam. This program is designed to meet the university coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis exam, however, anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis can benefit. Individuals who can benefit from this program include:

    • Teachers
    • Social workers
    • Speech pathologists
    • School administrators
    • Psychologists
    • Educational consultants
    • School counselors
    • Behavioral specialists
    • Medical professionals

    Program Requirements

    The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify which can be found on the BACB website.

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    This 100% online 6-course sequence meets the 4th edition task list, 270 classroom hour, university training requirement to sit for the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) exam:

    • EDS 601-Applied Behavior Analysis: Selecting, Defining and Measuring Behavior and Evaluating Behavior Change: Content includes an overview of basic concepts associated with applied behavior analysis. In this course, candidates will examine selecting, defining, and measuring target behaviors, as well as, learning to evaluate and analyze behavior change. Ethical considerations for behavior analysts and interpreting research related to behavior analytic principles are also explored. 
    • EDS 602-Applied Behavior Analysis: Reinforcement, Punishment and the Development of the New Behavior: Content includes detailed information on types of reinforcement and reinforcement schedules, punishment by stimulus presentation and removal, and antecedent variables.  Developing new behaviors by utilizing imitation, shaping, and chaining is also discussed.
    • EDS 603-Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Principles: Content includes detailed information on decreasing behavior utilizing nonpunishment procedures, verbal behavior, self-management, contingency contracting and generalization of behavior.   Ethical considerations for behavior analysts and functional behavior assessments are also discussed.
    • EDS 604-Assessment and Analysis of Behavior Change: Content includes detailed information on conducting functional behavior assessments (FBA) and choosing the appropriate treatment package based on the results of the FBA. Emphasis is also place on identification of appropriate replacement behaviors based on the function of the behavior and intervention development.
    • EDS 605-Research and Advanced Topics in Autism and ABA: Content includes detailed information on evidence-based practices associate with autism spectrum disorders. Emphasis is also place on interpretation/analysis of peer-reviewed journal articles associated with autism interventions.
    • EDS 606-Ethics and Professionalism For Behavioral Analysis: Content focuses on ethical considerations and professionalism within the field of behavior analysis. Emphasis is placed on interpretation/analysis of case studies in order to identify ethical and best practices within the field.  Skills in collaboration, feedback, goal setting, termination and follow-up are discussed and integration of ethical and legal procedures into behavioral analytic practice with individuals and families is emphasized.

    Admission Requirements

    To apply for the ABA certificate program, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and a major GPA of 3.00 or higher. For question regarding the application process or the cost of tuition, please contact Graduate Admissions at 732-571-3452. The deadline for application for the fall semester is July 15; for the spring semester, the date is November 15; and for summer sessions, the deadline is May 1. Qualified applicants are given consideration after the deadline on a space-available basis.

    Gainful Employment

    The U.S. Department of Education requires that we disclose certain information about academic programs that do not lead to a degree (e.g., certificate programs) but that prepare a student for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The Applied Behavior Analysis program at Monmouth University is defined as gainful employment program. To review the required disclosures, click here. Should you require additional information about these gainful employment disclosures, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

    Contact Information

    For any questions about the Applied Behavior Analysis program, please contact:
    Stacy Lauderdale-Littin, PhD, BCBA-D at 732-263-5216 or