The online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program 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 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 University of Nebraska at Omaha School Psychology Program and the University of Nebraska Medical Center Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) Psychology Department.
More about Applied Behavior Analysis: Behavior analysis is a natural science that seeks to understand the behavior of individuals. That is, behavior analysts study how biological, pharmacological, and experiential factors influence the behavior of humans and nonhuman animals. Recognizing that behavior is something that individuals do, behavior analysts place special emphasis on studying factors that reliably influence the behavior of individuals, an emphasis that works well when the goal is to acquire adaptive behavior or ameliorate problem behavior. The science of behavior analysis has made discoveries that have proven useful in addressing socially important behavior such as drug taking, healthy eating, workplace safety, education, and the treatment of pervasive developmental disabilities (e.g., autism).