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Master of arts and/or
coursework in special education

Graduate Certificate Option:
Applied Behavior Analysis

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the coursework only option in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program. This program option is for individuals who already have earned a Master’s degree in an approved area: behavior analysis or other natural science (such as psychology), education (including special education), human services, health sciences, or another field related to behavior analysis approved by the Board.  This program is subject to revision whenever BCBA® credentialing requirements are changed.

SPED 653 Professional Ethics for Behavior Analysts
3 cr.
SPED 713 Designing Single-Case Research
3 cr.
SPED 654 Foundations & Philosophies of Applied Behavior Analysis
3 cr.
SPED 655 Naturalistic & Functional Analyses of Behavior
3 cr.
SPED 656 Methods in Behavioral Intervention & Treatment
3 cr.
SPED 657 Systems for Behavior Change, Team Building, & Case Management
3 cr.


18 Credits Total


ALL students should follow the program requirements outlined on the Student Program Plan sent with the admission letter.

Request information from sped@mail.wvu.edu or direct questions to 304-293-3450.

Completion of the BACB® approved course sequence does not guarantee a passing score on the BCBA® qualifying exam or confer the BCBA® credential. Information about the exam and the additional requirements for the credential may be found at Become Credentialed

All courses in this program must be completed within 8 years; this includes waivers granted for courses completed within other programs or at other institutions.

Retention in this program requires maintaining active student status and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain active student status by enrolling in at least one course every two years become inactive and will have to re-apply and meet any new requirements in effect at the time of admission. Students who fail to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and may be unable to reapply for admission.