Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

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Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

This graduate certificate is taught 100% online, with courses accessed via webcam in interactive, synchronous sessions (from 4:30 to 7 p.m. ET on specific weekdays).

The University of Louisville offers a Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (AABA). Online and face-to-face 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.

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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.

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).

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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

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

The autism certificate program curriculum prepares students to acquire skills and expertise in assessment and analysis of behavior, communication and development. Upon completion of this program, graduates may evaluate, develop and apply educational programs, communication methods, and treatment or therapy strategies, to improve children’s ability to interact and communicate in various social environments.

Students enrolled in this graduate certificate in autism program benefit from a learning climate that is mutually respectful, informal, warm, collaborative, trusting and supportive. Most of all, students learn through experiential techniques and inquiry projects. Learning process assessments are completed by evaluating learner-collected evidence validated by peers, experts and instructors.

Career Opportunities

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

Careers May Include:

Career Type Career Type Career Type
Special education teacher - Autism specialist Special education teacher - Severe needs Autism instruction and intervention specialist
Autism research coordinator Behavioral intervention specialist Behavior clinician - autism specialist
Behavior health clinician Behavior consultant Early intervention specialist
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