Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (CERT)

Admission Requirements

Admission to to the program requires a graduate application to the Graduate School

Applicants must also have the following:

  • A bachelor's or master's degree in Special Education, Psychology, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy or Social Work from an accredited institution 
  • A 2.75 overall GPA in the bachelor's degree and/or a 3.0 overall GPA in the master's degree and any additional graduate work
  • Official transcripts
  • Professional certificate/license in a field related to autism (e.g., Special Education, Psychology, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy or Social Work), current employment working with individuals impacted by autism, or availability to complete 10 hours of fieldwork per week throughout the duration of the program
  • Three letters of recommendation related to the applicant's work with individuals with autism
  • Grade of B-minus or higher in required prerequisite courses within the past three years (EDSP 644 and EDSP 570)
  • Submission of GRE scores
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo) is required of all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language.

Those intending to seek certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) must hold a master's degree in Education, Psychology, or Behavior Analysis.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

EDSP 644Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSP 570Autism: Introduction and Understanding3

Both must have been taken within the past three years with a grade of B-minus or higher.

Program Coursework

EDSP 671Autism: Strategies and Techniques3
EDSP 669Single Subject Research Methods and Designs3
EDSP 546Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication3
Midpoint Assessment
EDSP 650Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSP 651Professional and Ethical Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSP 673Research Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders3
Exit Requirements
Minimum Total Hours18

Minimum of 15 credit hours in 600-level courses is required.

Transfer credits are not accepted to this certificate program.

All courses must be completed within four years of admission to the program.

To complete the program, students must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  No credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than B-minus.

Midpoint Assessment: Students who do not meet the midpoint requirements may be exited from the program.  A program faculty panel will review individual cases and make a determination regarding the student's ability to remain in the program.  Decisions of the program faculty panel are final.

Exit Requirement: Completion of intervention project and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory and grades of B- or higher in all certificate courses.