Program Overview

Michigan State University offers a program for individuals to earn a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education. Students can use knowledge learned in this course to plan, carry out, and manage behavior analytic curriculums for people who have autism or other related disabilities. The requirements for this course can be completed through a combination of coursework and an independent fieldwork experience.

The main goal of this program is to prepare students for careers as science practitioners who specialize in applying behavior analysis to resolve issues. This program involves a total of six courses that can be completed within two years. The courses are Applied Behavior Analysis I, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Advanced Topics, Applied Behavior Analysis II: Ethical Conduct for the Behavior Analyst, Verbal Behavior in Education, and Single-case Experimental Research Design.

The last course is research-based, with a combination of direct observation and single-case experimental designs. The goal is to recognize evidence-based practices in education. Students will become well-versed in experimental analysis of an disabled individual’s behavior through conducting, designing, and evaluation research.

In order to be considered for admittance into this program, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in an undergraduate degree program. A master’s degree from an accredited institution is also required.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate degree program. The BCBA credential requires a master's degree. Students who are applying to the graduate certificate program and are not completing a concurrent master's or doctoral program must already have a master's degree from an accredited university.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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