Sample Post-Master's Certificate in ABA Curriculum (Minimum 21 credit hours)
Fall Semester - Saturday courses
Spring Semester - Saturday courses
Summer Semester - Evening courses
Fall Semester - Evening course
Optional field practicum
These courses will be offered...in the Fall and take two courses per semester.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) involves the application of behavioral principles to produce socially significant changes in behavior. Practitioners use direct assessments, research evidence and single-subject research designs to inform and evaluate interventions designed to increase behavior (e.g., social skills) or decrease behavior (e.g., smoking).
Client populations served include children, adolescents, adults and older adults. ABA approaches may involve services for a full spectrum of mental health disorders, especially pervasive developmental disorders. Other areas of practice include work with communities and organizations.
The Applied Behavior Analysis Post-Master's Certificate curriculum includes seven 3-credit courses and an optional nine credit hours of supervised field education. Below is a listing of the courses and sequence in which they must be taken. These courses will be offered in a cohort model, such that students must start in the Fall semester and take one to two courses per semester.
Variable Course Delivery Formats
Students have the option to take the course sequence in a traditional face-to-face classroom format or in an online format. Online material will be presented through a combination of video lectures, student discussion boards, virtual class discussions, and study-guide materials to assist with preparing answers for course exams.
Optional Field Practica
Persons seeking BACB certification must complete an applied behavior analysis field practicum under the supervision of a BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) Board Certified Behavior Analyst BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).
ABA Post-Master's Certificate students have the option to take 1,000 hours through 9 credit hours of supervised field practicum as part of the university certificate program, or locate and do their field practicum independent of a college or university. If they choose the former option, they can begin their practicum as early as the fall semester or after they complete all course work. Students in practicum will also register for the Integrative Seminar for each of the practica.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants are required to submit a résumé, professional statement, three confidential reference letters (two academic references and one professional reference) and transcripts. Applicants are also required to complete an interview. Additional factors considered in determining an applicant's eligibility include academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program attended, work experience, previous graduate degrees, motivation, leadership and service.
Applicants must have a master's degree conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, or (b) conferred in a degree program in which the candidate completed a BACB approved course sequence from an accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Students may be asked to undergo a criminal background check or drug screening to secure placements at certain practicum sites. In addition, Saint Louis University requires all full-time graduate and professional students to have basic health insurance coverage.
The priority deadline is March 1 for fall; the final deadline is August 1. Applicants must have submitted their application by the priority deadline to be considered for graduate assistantships and scholarships.
Visit our Graduate Admission page for more information on application requirements and deadlines.
If you'd like more information about SLU's Applied Behavior Analysis program, fill out our information request form to contact our office of admission.
Applications are now being accepted for the fall semester. If you're ready to get started, apply now.