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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate Program

Drexel University School of Education

Applied Behavior Analysis is a well-developed, scientifically-based academic discipline that investigates and describes how the environment and the individual interact, and how that interaction impacts behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis training​ has been used effectively to teach new skills and behavioral repertoires to all populations but is perhaps best known for assessing and treating those with an autism spectrum disorder.

What Can You Do with a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?

Drexel University’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA Certificate Program,​ prepares professionals in evidence-based interventions using behavior analytic theory and techniques.

Students who wish to complete the certificate and sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam can complete the required hours of supervised practical fieldwork at local education agencies and regional mental-health and behavioral health providers.

Graduates of the ABA Certificate​ who pass their Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam may qualify for careers such​ as:

  • Behavior Analytic Consultants
  • Program Coordinators
  • Senior Clinical Directors
  • Interventionists

For other career insights, please visit our ABA Career Path page. 

Drexel University ABA Certificate Program (Online)

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program is available entirely online, giving graduate students the same level of access to experienced faculty and coursework as the on-campus program experience. The online ABA program is one of over 100 online degree and certificates offered by Drexel University. Students must have a master's degree in a related field to be considered for the certificate program. Students who do not have a master's degree but are still interested in earning the certificate, should consider enrolling in Drexel's MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program.

What is a ABA certificate and why is it important?

A certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is important because it shows that the person working with a child has completed rigorous coursework, undergone close supervision, and is qualified to lead an intervention program. Drexel's course sequence is ABAI verified, providing all of the coursework necessary to take the BACB exam.

Consistently ranked among the world's best universities, a top-10 "Up-and-Coming" institution, and winner of the Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education, Drexel University is committed to providing quality education opportunities online by offering a convenient way to earn a reputable, accredited degree with no career interruption, commuting, or fixed class hours.

Where is the ABA Certificate Available?

Online Students

Drexel University has been offering online courses since 1996, bringing its recognized faculty and curricula to a worldwide student body. Today, Drexel offers over 100 online degrees and online certificate programs for adults. Students in the online ABA certificate program complete assignments each week. Optionally, students meet as a class via video-conferencing each week for one hour so students can connect directly with their classmates and professors. 

On-Campus Students

The graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is also available in a hybrid format at Drexel’s University City campus in Philadelphia. Students meet in-person and online for lessons presented by their Drexel University School of Education professor.

Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

How Long Does It Take to Earn a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?

  • Instructional Delivery: Campus; Online and Hybrid
  • Calendar Type: Quarter
  • Expected Time to Completion: 1-2 years
  • Number of Credits to Completion: 31.5

How Do I Get My ABA Certification? Requirements and Documentation

To earn your ABA certification, you must start by knowing if you are eligible for the program. To complete the ABA certificate, you must already possess a master's degree. If you do not have a master's degree, but still would like to earn ABA certification, you should consider applying to Drexel's MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program. A full list of admission requirements for the program are listed below.

Admissions Criteria

  • A Master's Degree in Education or Psychology from a regionally accredited institution

Required Documents

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing this program
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for International Students

Who is Eligible to Earn a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?

  • Certificate Level: Graduate
  • Admission Requirements: Master's degree
  • Certificate Type: Post-master's
  • Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

How Do I Earn a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?

You can start the process by applying to the online or hybrid program today or, for more information about this program, contact:

Dr. Christina Vorndran
Associate Clinical Professor
Applied Behavior Analysis Program