Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

This program is designed for individuals who wish to receive a formal background in the theory and practice of Applied Behavior Analysis. Behavior analysis is used most widely with clinical populations in the area of developmental disabilities, including but not limited to clients diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and/or intellectually impaired.

The program requires the completion of 18 credits, and is designed so that all requirements can be met within one calendar year (fall semester, spring semester and summer session). The curriculum consists of 9 credits in basic courses in behavior analysis, 6 credits in advanced courses and 3 credits in ethical issues. Applications are accepted until August 1.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the following 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 board certification.

For more information about Behavior Analyst Certification, visit the BACB Web site.

PLEASE NOTE: In New York State, a licensed behavior analyst may only provide behavioral health treatments for persons with autism and autism spectrum disorders and related disorders (New York State Education, Title VIII, Article 167, Section 8802.1). Graduates of the ABA certificate program can apply to New York state to become license-eligible.

The program consists of the following courses:

Experimental Methods in Psychology I (PSY 607)

The treatment of problems in the design and execution of single-case research is emphasized in this course. It includes a consideration of controls, drawing inferences, and research techniques in both experimental and applied behavior analysis. Data presentation methods including the use of Microsoft Excel will be discussed.

Behavior Analysis and Learning (PSY 651)

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of conditioning and learning including reinforcement theory, stimulus control, and aversive control. In addition, it will introduce students to the history and philosophy of Behavior Analysis. The major focus will be on the basic underlying principles and current research.

Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 657)

This course involves an examination of the theory and practice underlying the application of the principles of classical and operant conditioning to the analysis and treatment of problems in human behavior.

Ethics and Professional Development in Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 658)

This class has two primary purposes: First, the course will consist of a discussion of ethical issues related to the practice of applied behavior analysis. In this context, students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts. Secondly the class is designed to discuss professional issues related to applied behavior analysis. These issues may include a discussion of certification and licensing, the use of punishment, and the evaluation of new procedures in applied behavior analysis.

Advanced Issues I: Autism (PSY 704)

An advanced treatment of current issues in behavior analysis dealing with methods, ethics, and research with specific clinical applications such as performance enhancement in organized settings.

Advanced Issues II: Development of Behavior Intervention Programs (PSY 705)

The focus of this course is on integrating the components of behavioral programming in applied settings. Students will conduct a functional assessment and analysis, create behavioral objectives, design intervention procedures and evaluation procedures. The final project will require a written document integrating all components of the intervention and evaluation program.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Benigno Alonzo-Alvarez at or 516-299-2006


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean