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Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GE
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Program Information

The University of Louisville'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 treat 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 masters 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

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.


Prerequisites for entry into the program:

  • EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis (taken within the past three years with a grade of "B" or better);
  • EDSP 670  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  3
EDSP 669  Single Subject Research Methods and Designs 3
EDSP 646  AAC and a Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication 3
Midpoint Assessment  
EDSP 650  Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDSP 651  Behavior Consultation 3
EDSP 673  Supporting Individuals with HFA/Asperger's Syndrome 3
Total minimum hours 3
Exit Requirements 18

Departmental Faculty

Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade

Assistant Professor

Monica Delano

Associate Professor and Director Doctoral Program

Timothy Landrum

Professor and Chair of Special Education Department

Amy Lingo

Associate Professor

Rob Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott


Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis - Certificate

Monica Delano
Rob Pennington

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