Applied Behavior Analysis (Undergraduate Certificate)

The undergraduate option in Educational Psychology is an Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The training emphasizes working in clinical settings with people with Autism. This is a three course and three practicum sequence that is completed in addition to an existing major. It can be done simultaneous with or after completion of the bachelor’s degree. This training provides students with the eligibility to sit for the Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam, which is part of earning the BCaBA credential. The successful demonstration of both academic and clinical skills will be achieved through coursework and intensive field experience working with children.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is determined by the program review committee. Requirements include: a minimum grade point average of 2.75, a program area application, any applicable university-level application, and an interview with program faculty. The following must be mailed to the program: program area application, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Post-bachelor’s students apply directly to Wayne State University. Existing students may add Applied Behavior Analysis as a second program to an existing major. Contact the program secretary to obtain the current application and program information.

This course sequence is calendar controlled in that all students begin and end together, taking the same courses as a cohort. Required courses are:

EDP 3101Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 4
EDP 3102Techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis4
EDP 3103Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment and Treatment Planning 4
EDP 3104Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis I2
EDP 3105Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis II2
EDP 3106Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis III2
Total Credits18

In each of three semesters students take one course and one practicum, which involves 20 hours/week in a clinical setting with children with Autism. Students must not receive grades lower than a C in these courses in order to successfully complete the program.  All course work and practica must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the University.