Applied Behavior Analysis

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    12
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $325.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $325.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate focuses on the scientific discipline concerned with applying techniques based upon the principles of learning to change behaviors of social significance.

Students choose this program because:  

  • Of an interest in social or behavioral psychology.  
  • A desire to learn more about behavior and how to change it.  
  • Of a passion for working with individuals with behavioral or developmental needs.   

The certificate program is for those individuals who already have a Masters, Educational Specialist or PhD degree and wish to acquire additional knowledge and skills in applied behavior analysis.

This University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) ABA certificate program does not lead to Board Certification in Behavior Analysis unless one takes all six courses in the BACB approved course sequence listed below and the BACB practicum (750-1000 hours). In addition, the individual’s degree must be in Psychology or Education or Applied Behavior Analysis. 

The online ABA program is offered jointly through the UNO School Psychology Program and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) Psychology Department.

This program is ideal for professionals who wish to work as: 

  • Behavior Analysts  
  • Special Educators  
  • Behavioral Therapist  
  • Psychologist 

Mark D. Shriver, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics

Dr. Shriver is a program evaluator with Collective for Youth for 29 after-school programs in Omaha. His research and clinical interests include behavioral parent training, anxiety disorders in children, treatment adherence, management and treatment of common childhood behavioral issues, and school-related behavioral and academic issues. He has over 45 published papers and chapters and has authored a book on the science and practice of parent training published by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Shriver is co-founder and past editor of the Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools. He is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of Behavioral Education and serves on the editorial boards of three other school psychology journals.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A master's degree

    A master's degree in psychology, education or a related area

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    1000 word essay describing why you see admission to this program.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. PTE Exam

  7. A cover letter or resume

  8. 1 letter of recommendation

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions 
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

12 credit hours (4 courses) minimum are required. For eligibility for the BCBA exam, all courses (18 credits) and Practicum (6 credits) are required. 

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSYC 8550/MMI 850Psychotherapeutic Inventions3

Course Number: PSYC 8550/MMI 850

This course provides graduate students knowledge in the application of evidence-based therapeutic interventions that can be utilized with children and adolescents in school, home, and family settings. Various approaches and techniques are presented along with supporting research. Observation and participation in clinical cases may be arranged. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

PSYC 8576/MMI 857Behavior Analysis and Intervention3

Course Number: PSYC 8576/MMI 857

Introduction to experimental methodology, rationale and research literature of changing behavior through behavior modification techniques. Particular attention will be paid to methodological concerns regarding single subject design, ethical considerations and ramifications of behavior intervention with children and youth. (Cross-listed with PSYC 4570). Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

PSYC 8700/MMI 870Ethics and Law for Psychological Applied Behavior Analysis3

Course Number: PSYC 8700/MMI 870

Introduction to experimental methodology, rationale and research literature of changing behavior through behavior modification techniques. Particular attention will be paid to methodological concerns regarding single subject design, ethical considerations and ramifications of behavior intervention with children and youth. (Cross-listed with PSYC 4570). Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

PSYC 9040/MMI 904Proseminar: Learning3

Course Number: PSYC 9040/MMI 904

A comprehensive and intensive coverage of experimental literature on learning in humans and animals. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

PSYC 9100/MMI 910Small n Research Designs3

Course Number: PSYC 9100/MMI 910

This course uses applications of research methodology that involve direct observation and single-subject designs to identify evidence-based practices that address clinical problems experienced by individuals across a variety of settings. Topics covered include behavioral assessment techniques, graphing data, single subject experimental designs, and consumer satisfaction with interventions. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Must be admitted to a graduate level PSYC program or permission of instructor.

PSYC 9470/MMI 947Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis6

Course Number: PSYC 9470/MMI 947

750-1000 hours. This course uses applications of research methodology that involve direct observation and single-subject designs to identify evidence-based practices that address clinical problems experienced by individuals across a variety of settings. Topics covered include behavioral assessment techniques, graphing data, single subject experimental designs, and consumer satisfaction with interventions. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Must be admitted to a graduate level PSYC program or permission of instructor.

PSYC 9570/MMI 957Applied Behavior Analysis3

Course Number: PSYC 9570/MMI 957

A comprehensive introduction to experimental methodology in applied behavior analysis. Topics covered include observational recording systems, reliability indices, procedural implementation of behavioral techniques, single-subject research designs and a broad review of the research literature. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): A minimum of one course in learning theory (PSYC 8576/MMI 870, PSYC 9040/MMI 904, or equivalent) and permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $325.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $377.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $975.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1131.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $325.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $377.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $975.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1131.75

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