Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

Our Program

UofL's Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis provides practitioners with advanced knowledge in autism research and behavioral analytic approaches to skill development and the treatment of challenging behavior.

Students receive rigorous academic work within the program's carefully designed course sequence that is taught by faculty with practical and research experience in autism and applied behavior analysis.

Upon completion of the program's approved courses, students with a master's degree must complete a 1,500 hour practicum to be eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Exam. For more information on certification, go to www.bacb.com/.

Please have transcripts sent to:
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

If transcripts are sent electronically,
please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm @ louisville.edu

Why Should I get a BCBA?

Certification in applied behavior analysis demonstrates a level of competency in research-based principles for education and the treatment of challenging behavior.

The reported increase in the number of children with autism suggests growth in the availability of positions for behavior analysts. Therefore, teachers with certifications in special education and applied behavior analysis will likely be more competitive for teaching positions.

Prerequisite for entry into the program:

  • EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis (taken within the past three years with a grade of "B" or better);
  • EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding (taken within the past three years with a grade of "B" or better);
  • Professional certification/license in a field related to autism (e.g., special education, psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, or social work).

    Course Sequence

    • EDSP 671 Autism: Methods and Teaching Strategies
    • EDSP 669 Single Subject Research Methods and Designs
    • EDSP 646 AAC and a Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication
    • Midpoint Assessment

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    • EDSP 650 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
    • EDSP 651 Behavior Consultation
    • EDSP 673 Supporting Individuals with HFA/Asperger's Syndrome
    • Exit Requirements

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    Learn more about this program by visiting the CEHD website: http://louisville.edu/education/departments/sped.

Contact Us

Dr. Rob Pennington
Office: 502-852-2633
E-mail: robert.pennington@louisville.edu

Dr. Monica Delano
Office: 502-852-2546
E-mail: m.delano@louisville.edu