The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 33-credit, twelve-course sequence for individuals wish to pursue additional coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis.

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 ® examinations. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can deemed eligible to take the examination. 

How to Apply

  1. Visit Application Log In page and follow instructions

                    Note: Choose Apply as a Graduate Student,

                              then choose Non-Degree seeking,

                              then choose Applied Behavior Analysis

      2. Submit your completed application. An Oregon Tech ID number will be issued after your application is processed.

      3. Once you receive your Oregon Tech ID number, schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Maria Lynn Kessler


Graduate Training in ABA

Our graduate course sequence consists of twelve 10-week courses designed to prepare students for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® in a variety of clinical settings. Oregon residents who complete the program and earn certification as a BCBA® will be eligible to apply as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Oregon.

ABA 511: Foundations of ABA I (3 credits) – Basic principles, characteristics, and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Includes history of ABA, terminology, and applications.

ABA 512: Foundations of ABA II (3 credits) – Foundational knowledge for practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): basic principles, characteristics and concepts of ABA

ABA 521: Ethical and Professional Issues I (2 credits) – Introductions to ethical and professional issues in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Compliance Code and professional identity, certification and licensure, confidentiality and privacy.

ABA 522: Ethical and Professional Issues II (3 credits)Examines ethical and professional issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focus on Compliance Code and application to ethical and professional conduct, ethical decision making, and professional practices.

Prerequisites: ABA 521 with grade "B" or higher

ABA 524: Observation and Measurements (2 credits) – Theory and practice related to the BACB Task list items related to observation and measurement including: methods for conducting valid and reliable direct observation techniques including data collection, data display, and data interpretation; methods for calculating inter-observer agreement.

Corequisite: ABA 525

ABA 525: Research Methods in ABA (3 credits) Methods for conducting valid and reliable behavioral measurement and experimental evaluations of behavior interventions, including data collection, data display, and data interpretation, and designing and evaluating behavioral research designs.

Corequisite: ABA 524

ABA 526: Behavioral Assessment II (3 credits)Behavioral assessment including descriptive assessments and functional analysis; methods of assessment, data collection and interpretation; assessment based selection of intervention; ethical and practical issues.

ABA 527: Radical Behaviorism (3 credits)Concepts, principles, history, and philosophy of behaviorism; behavioral theory and understanding behavior.

Prerequisites: ABA 512 with grade "B" or better

ABA 531: Behavior Change I: Decreasing Challenging Behavior (3 credits) Behavioral analytic interventions used to decrease behavior. Fundamental elements of, and ethical and practical consideration related to behavior change, behavioral interventions, behavior change systems, and specific behavior change procedure.

Prerequisites: ABA 512 with grade "B" or better

ABA 532: Behavior Change II: Increasing and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits) Behavior analytic interventions used to increase and maintain behavior. Fundamental elements of, and ethical and practical considerations related to behavior change, behavioral interventions, behavior change systems, and specific behavior change procedures.

Prerequisites: ABA 531 with grade "B" or better

ABA 546: Behavioral Assessment II (2 Credits) - Assessment and measurement techniques related to skill deficits in children and adolescents with developmental or intellectual disability. Includes VB-MAPP, ABLLS, PEAK, EFL, AFLS, Vineland, social skills assessments, and others.

Prerequisite: ABA 526 with Grade "B" or better

ABA 547: Supervision and Management (3 Credits) - Methods of behavior analytic personnel supervision and management including but not limited to ethical and professional responsibilities, establishing performance standards and goals, feedback, behavior skills training, problem solving, and evaluation of effectiveness of supervision. Additionally, this course will serve to fulfill the curriculum requirement for the BACB Supervisor 8- Hour Training based on the Supervisor Training Curriculum (2.0)

Prerequisite: ABA 521 with grade "B" or better