Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

The Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate program in Temple’s College of Education 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.

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.

Credit Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis, you must complete six graduate-level courses (18 credits) in applied behavior analysis. Though up to nine of those 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 Graduate Certificate curriculum. 

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, the Graduate Certificate program 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. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $898.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,231.00 per credit


For more information about this program, the College of Education, 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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