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).
CoursesCredit Hours
EDSP 671 Autism: Methods and Teaching Strategies3
EDSP 669 Single Subject Research Methods and Designs3
EDSP 646 AAC and a Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication3
Midpoint Assessment
EDSP 650 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSP 651 Behavior Consultation3
EDSP 673 Supporting Individuals with HFA/Asperger's Syndrome3
Total minimum credit hours18


Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Special Education Department

Monica Delano
Associate Professor

Director Doctoral Program

Erick Dubuque

Assistant Professor

Regina Hirn

Assistant Professor

Timothy Landrum

Chair of Special Education Department

Amy Lingo

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness

Scott Patton


Rob Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott

Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor