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Post Master's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
At Saint Louis University School of Social Work, students earn degrees in the distinguished fields of ABA, criminal justice or social work, fields that empower people to use their knowledge to touch the lives of others.
Deeply rooted in a mission of social justice, the School of Social Work is a leader in integrating ABA education and practice. The School of Social Work hosts several programs in ABA. ABA is a field that systematically applies behavioral principles and procedures to change socially relevant behavior. Behavior analysts use findings from empirical research to create programs designed to produce a variety of behavior changes (e.g., smoking cessation, language development, vocational skill acquisition). In addition, behavior analysts work with a wide variety of populations (e.g., individuals with autism, school-aged children, elderly individuals).
|Post Master's Certificate in ABA||School of Social Work|
|Application Deadline for Beginning Term in Fall
||The Application Components||Apply Online|
March 1 (priority deadline)
Aug. 1 (final deadline)
|-- Application Form
-- Application Fee
-- Professional Statement
-- Three (3) Reference Letters
(Advantages of the web application)
|Spring: No admittance|
|Summer: No admittance|
|Dir. of Graduate Admissions: Kristi S. Richter
Tel. No.: 314.977.2752
|Program Director: Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-DW|
Additional Required Application Components for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support
- Packet with all accompanying documents
- Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- Student Visa
ABA Program Application Review Process
- Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As soon as an application is complete, it is reviewed.
- Admission decisions are based upon the applicant's overall application. Clinical experience in behavior analysis, potential or demonstrated leadership, and some background in research are important factors that are taken into consideration. These elements, along with the admission requirements and the application components, comprise the admission process.
- It is recommended that students have taken prior coursework in ABA or have independently studied ABA texts (e.g., Miller  "Principles of Everyday Behavior Analysis", Mittenberger  "Behavior Modification").
- Students who plan on taking the national exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysts after December 31, 2015 must have a master's degree in behavior analysis, education or psychology. See standards here.
Credit Hours/Coursework: The Post Master's Certificate in ABA consists of six, 3-credit hour courses and an optional 9-credit hours of supervised field education.
Principles and Concepts in Behavior Analysis
Measurement and Experimental Design
Assessment and Selecting Interventions
Behavior Change and Processes
Behavior Change and Ethics
Special Topics I
Optional Field Practicum
Career Possibilities: Students who complete the ABA coursework and practicum experience will be eligible to sit for the national examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). BCBAs are qualified to work with a variety of populations (e.g., individuals with intellectual disabilities, individuals with mental health difficulties, individuals with substance abuse problems) in a variety of settings (e.g., homes, public or private schools, agencies, or organizations). Coursework and research experience will also prepare students for doctoral programs in behavior analysis. According to the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (the national leader in BCBA certification), there are four BCBA jobs for every graduate with the certification.
Credit Hours/Coursework | ABA Course Details
About the ABA Faculty: As faculty, we endeavor to help our constituents -- students, the larger university community, alumni, and professional colleagues -- to develop as critical, reflective thinkers who are capable and willing to exercise leadership in advancing the cause of human good in the world.
Faculty pursue this goal by providing learning-teaching environments, which nurture, strengthen, and sustain creative intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and technical abilities and interests.
Faculty encourage and support innovative scholarship and research.
Faculty strive for excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring.
Faculty actively engage in community service, linking the School and its resources to local communities to provide services in the form of behavioral assessments, behavioral interventions for a wide range of behavioral deficits (e.g., limited language skills) and behavioral excesses (e.g., aggression), and training for parents, teachers, and practitioners. | Learn More
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