Graduate certificate-aba

Jul 1

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Graduate Certificate (GC) in ABA is intended for psychology graduates and professionals in the areas of mental health, education, special education, early intervention, speech and language, and occupational therapy, who are at various stages in their professional development. 

The GC is designed to provide in depth knowledge of behaviorally based intervention in the area of developmental disabilities, addressing but not limited to autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, MR and learning disabilities, while adhering to the scientist-practitioner model.

The GC in ABA starts in September each year and can be completed in one academic year for those interested in the BcaBA, which is directed toward undergraduate students, or in one and one half year, for those interested in the BCBA, which is directed toward graduate students. Term classes typically meet once a week, Monday - Thursday from 6-9 pm.


Program Overview (Details)

Approved applicants for the GC in ABA must complete a total of 17 credit hours (14 credits of course work hours and 3 credits in practicum experience). The GC is designed so that it can be completed within an academic year.

  Course Course Course
Fall AP 6021
(2 credits)
AP 6047
Developmental Disabilities
(3 credits)
AP 6035
Intro. ABA
(3 credits)
Spring AP 6010
Program Design
(3 credit)
(3 credits)
(3 credits)

The GC in ABA fully articulates with the master’s program in Applied Developmental Psychology and credit will be given for the entire course sequence.  Thus, those students who decide to enroll in the master’s program in Applied Developmental Psychology after completion of the GC will experience neither financial loss nor loss of time.

For students in the Counseling Psychology track, some of the GC courses in ABA may function as electives or they may simply be additional courses in the required MS curriculum.

Admissions Criteria (Details)

Admission to the program requires that students have obtained a bachelor's degree prior to enrolling and have proficiency in English. Applicants are required to submit: 

  • Completed  application form, including a passport size photograph
  • Official university or college transcript of undergraduate studies from an accredited institution
  • Evidence of proficiency in English: TOEFL, Proficiency, IB, IELTS or GCE
  • A certified copy of an identification card (for Greek Citizens) or of a valid passport (non-Greeks).
  • Candidates are also required to attend an interview with the respective Graduate Program Coordinator.

There is no application fee.

Evidence of Proficiency in English
All candidates must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language by submitting one of the following:

  1. TOEFL
  2. Cambridge or Michigan Proficiency Certificate
  3. GCE
  4. International Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma
  5. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Note: DEREE College graduates and graduates from other accredited English language institutions are not required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language.

Applicants presenting a TOEFL score should arrange to have the test results sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The College's Institution Code Number is 0925. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.

Conditional Admission
Applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria may be admitted to the program on conditional status if the Graduate Studies Committee perceives other strengths in their application (e.g., strong research or relevant work experience, or other outstanding achievements during the applicants' undergraduate experience). In such cases, applicants will be expected to complete the requirements of the conditional admission within a specified period of time. Failure to complete these requirements will result in notification of dismissal by the dean of the Graduate School. Students who have potential but lack the necessary prerequisites may be offered conditional admission, and will be required to successfully complete preparatory courses prior to being fully admitted.

Once a complete application package has been submitted, the Office of Admissions will contact the applicant to arrange an on-campus interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator.

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