Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

The Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate (Graduate) program in Temple’s College of Education and Human Development trains students to apply the principles of learning and behavior to influence behavior change that is significant to society. Learn to systematically change behavior by analyzing related environmental variables and applying interventions based on the principles of behavior analysis. Behavior analysts have improved a wide range of everyday issues, including enhancing staff performance, promoting industrial and public safety initiatives, teaching effective parenting skills, treating problem behavior in children, improving general and special education teaching strategies, rehabilitating individuals who abuse substances, and more.

This graduate-level certificate program teaches you

  • effective instructional strategies for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders,
  • ethical practices for behavioral analysts,
  • implementation of a behavioral change program,
  • theoretical foundations of behavioral analysis and more.

Program course of study fulfills the coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), but does not culminate in a degree.

Check out the frequently asked questions about the Applied Behavior Analysis program.

Who Might Be Interested?

Educational or social services professionals who would like to achieve BACB certification without enrolling in a graduate degree program (e.g., professionals who already have a degree acceptable to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board) are excellent candidates for this graduate-level, continuing education certificate program. If you are interested in the coursework and a degree in applied behavior analysis, consider the Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis. That program fulfills both the degree and coursework requirements for BACB certification. 

Learn more about the Applied Behavior Analysis MSEd.

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Association for Behavior Analysis International Verification

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Credit Requirements

To earn the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate (Graduate), you must complete seven graduate-level courses (21 credits) in applied behavior analysis. Though these credits may be applied (pending approval) to the Master of Science in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis, completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Non-matriculated students may transfer up to nine credits of coursework before enrolling in the certificate program.

Classes & Curriculum

Concepts taught in classes include

  • assessment of skill deficits and behavior problems,
  • principles of learning,
  • single subject research methodology, and more.

View the complete Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate (Graduate) curriculum.

Field Experience  

As part of your academic program, you will gain firsthand knowledge in classrooms through immersive field placements.

Clearance Requirements

Students enrolled in courses that require fieldwork or internships must submit updated child abuse, criminal and drug clearances every year. Learn more about submitting clearance requirements.

Delivery Method 

All courses are delivered in the classroom on Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. You can enroll part- or full-time and have up to two years to complete the certificate program.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Graduate Certificate offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

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For more information about this program, the College of Education and Human Development, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011


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