Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

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Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

The University of Louisville offers a Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (AABA). Online course options provide practitioners with advanced knowledge in autism research and behavioral analysis approaches to skill development and the treatment of challenging behavior in children with autism.

Autism is a complex disorder that creates a wide spectrum of communication and social-interaction impediments. The reported increase in the number of children with autism (1.47% nationwide) suggests a growing demand for qualified professionals who specialize in autism. Also, the job outlook for the next decade indicates a substantial growth in the availability of positions for behavior analysts.

ACS Seal

The autism certificate is a post-baccalaureate program that requires applicants to have a bachelor’s degree previously earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and professional certification/license/other qualified experience in a field related to autism (e.g., special education, psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, or social work).

Course Delivery

Courses are taught 100% online, with some courses accessed via webcam in interactive, synchronous sessions beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET or later, on specific weekdays.

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Board Certification in Behavior Analysis

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved UofL’s course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. For more information on certification, go to

Program Benefits

The University of Louisville’s Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate program prepares students to meet the behavioral needs of the disability community by delivering a comprehensive curriculum in the philosophical, experimental, and applied domains that inform a natural science of behavior. Through this training, students learn to apply strategies and tactics grounded in the principles of the science to a variety of behaviors and contexts. Specific focus is placed on the assessment and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Program’s mission is to produce behavioral practitioners knowledgeable of their science, effective in their practice, and ethical in their interactions committed to using the science of behavior to better lives.

The Program’s faculty are comprised of instructors, researchers, and practitioners with a wealth of experience in the science and practice of behavior analysis. The Program is rigorous and demands excellence from its students and strives to deliver the same.

Career Opportunities

Professionals with a Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis may qualify for career advancements in teaching, psychology, social work, speech pathology or healthcare.

Careers May Include:

Career Type Career Type Career Type
Special education teacher Board Certified Behavior Analyst Autism intervention specialist
Autism research coordinator Behavioral intervention specialist Behavior health clinician

*Students interested in using this coursework for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification examinations should be aware that the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is updating their coursework and experience standards for BCBA certification exam eligibility in 2022. Applicants interested in BCBA certification should only apply if they believe they will meet ALL of the eligibility requirements (degree, coursework, and experience hours) and apply to take their BCBA examinations BEFORE January 1, 2022.


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