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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.

For students in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, this program also offers exciting and instructive practicum opportunities in cooperation with local education agencies (LEAs), the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and regional mental-health and behavioral health providers. Students who choose to complete their BACB certificate required practicum hours through this Applied Behavior Analysis program are required to register for additional practicum courses at Drexel.

Graduates of the ABA Certificate​ program may qualify for careers such​ as:

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

Drexel University BACB 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 BACB certification 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 BACB certificate and why is it important?

A certificate from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 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 BACB approved, providing all of the coursework necessary to take the BCBA 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. Unlike traditional on-campus courses, students complete assignments and contribute to their class at a time that is convenient for them.

On-Campus Students

The graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is also available on-campus in Drexel’s University City location. Students meet in-person as a cohort for lessons presented by their Drexel University School of Education professor.

New! Hybrid ABA Program at Drexel University- Washington DC Center

In addition to the online and on-campus program in Philadelphia, The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is also now available at Drexel University- Washington DC Center. Students in the program take courses online and meet in-person one weekend a month at the DC Center located at Lafayette Tower (801 17th St. NW), just steps away from the White House. This new program gives students the advantage of meeting face-to-face with their professors to review assignments and a chance to connect with their classmates in our state-of-the-art facilities. Students still take the same BACB-approved courses as our online and on-campus students.

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

  • Instructional Delivery: Campus; Online
  • Calendar Type: Quarter
  • Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
  • Number of Credits to Completion: 27.0

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 posess a master's degree in education or Psychology. 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

An interview with faculty is also required.

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

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

How Do I Earn a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis?

For more information about this program, contact:

Dr. Christina Vorndran
Associate Clinical Professor
Applied Behavior Analysis Program
cmv69@drexel.edu