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Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Educational Psychology, 250 Educational Science Building, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-6083; fax: 612-624-8241)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2014. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Students are no longer being accepted into this program. Contact the Educational Psychology Department for more information (612-626-0367).
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The certificate program in applied behavior analysis (ABA) prepares teachers and related service personnel from a variety of human services disciplines (e.g., social work, psychology) to design and deliver individualized supports to children and youth with developmental and acquired disabilities. This 12-credit program provides specialized training in methods of behavioral assessment, intervention, treatment evaluation, and ethical issues in behavior analysis services. The behavior-analytic model of service delivery is recognized locally and nationally as an effective and accountable system for consumers with developmental and acquired disabilities. This program offers professional development opportunities for public and private social service agency staff, public and private school personnel, treatment facility personnel, and psychology and education professionals.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BCAB).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
By the beginning of the program, undergraduate applicants must have earned at least 60 credit hours with a minimum 2.80 GPA. Undergraduate and international students wishing to complete the certificate must be admitted to a degree program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Graduate applicants must have a minimum 2.80 GPA in their undergraduate degree and 3.00 in graduate coursework from accredited institutions.
Special Application Requirements:
All applicants must submit the following materials: - Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the applicant's ability to work with populations that could benefit from ABA techniques - Typed goal statement (no more than one page) - Completed certificate application - Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions the student has attended or is currently attending, except the University of Minnesota. International students must have foreign transcripts evaluated from an accredited reviewer (ECS http://www.ece.org or WES http:wes.org/students/index.asp).
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
A maximum of three credit hours related to the ABA field and completed at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus may be accepted as prior credits. Coursework must be approved by certificate faculty. No coursework from outside the University of Minnesota will be accepted as transfer credits. No course substitutions will be allowed. All coursework must be completed for the certificate. Students will have a maximum of four years to complete coursework for the certificate. Students must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA in certificate coursework to remain in the program. A minimum grade of B is required for successful completion of the required practicum course EPSY 5703. All coursework must be completed prior to the practicum. Before registering for EPSY 5703, candidates must pass a criminal background check. The candidate must pay any background check fees.
Required Coursework
EPSY 5657 - Interventions for Behavioral Problems in School Settings (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5703 - Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3.0 cr)
PSY 4011 - Applied Behavior Analysis (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5616 - Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
or EPSY 8707 - Principles of Behavior Analysis and Learning (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8708 - Functional Behavior Assessment (3.0 cr)
 
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EPSY 5657 - Interventions for Behavioral Problems in School Settings
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comprehensive behavioral programs for students with social and or emotional disabilities. Instructing students with social and or emotional disabilities.
EPSY 5703 - Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Four hundred hours of supervised experience in applied behavior analytic intervention with individuals with significant challenging behavior and learning difficulties. On-site supervision is provided by qualified professionals. A University supervisor conducts on-site observations. Bi-weekly seminars. prereq: 5616, 5657, Psy 4011, Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate student, instr consent
PSY 4011 - Applied Behavior Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental concepts of applied behavior analysis. Practical techniques of behavior modification with humans/animals. Emphasizes functional analyses of behavioral deficits/excesses, development/implementation of programs to bring about meaningful behavior change. prereq: 3011 or instr consent
EPSY 5616 - Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Assumptions, principles, procedures of problem solving approach to analyzing behavior/programs for classroom management. Conducting observations, intervening, evaluating behavioral change.
EPSY 8707 - Principles of Behavior Analysis and Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical development of behavioral science. Thinking about learning/behavior, applying principles to common human experiences. Scholarly leadership skills. prereq: [Grad student, foundational course in [learning or psychology]] or instr consent
EPSY 8708 - Functional Behavior Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Applications of principles of behavior. Historical/contemporary approaches. Functional analysis. Treatment of challenging behavior/learning problems. prereq: [Grad student, one [learning or psychology] course] or instr consent