Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support
Northern Arizona University

Program Details

A Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support (PBS) allows you to help people improve the quality of their lives by replacing challenging behaviors with socially acceptable alternatives. This online special education certification from Northern Arizona University uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a foundation.

Students will focus on understanding the conditions in a person’s environment that contribute to challenging behavior to be able to modify those conditions for better outcomes for the individual. Important aspects of this program include inclusion in school and community, self-determination, and avoidance of restrictive and coercive strategies. Courses in this certificate program fulfill requirements for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Classes cover a range of topics, such as:

  • Positive behavior support in applied settings
  • Verbal behavior and intensive behavior intervention
  • Consultation, collaboration, and supervision to provide positive behavior support
  • Data-based inquiry and decision making
  • Ethical practice of ABA and PBS


  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent
  • Transcripts
  • Responses to specific essay questions

School Accreditation Statement

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