Doctor of Education | Minor in ABA FAQ

The Doctoral Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program is designed to prepare doctoral students to use ABA in a variety of settings as leaders in education and human services. In addition, this minor will strengthen the appeal of a doctoral degree by offering students the opportunity to qualify for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) national certification, thereby increasing their attractiveness to employers, supervisors, and parents of students with whom they interact. The BCBA® is becoming an increasingly attractive certification to school personnel as they address the requirements of IDEA for functional assessments and behavior support plans for students with challenging behaviors as well as to those personnel working with children with autism.

The course of study is designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) for the BCBA® and will offer students the opportunity to advance their understanding of human and organizational behavior. Students will have the ability to explore a variety of applications of applied behavior analysis ranging from the classroom to corporations. The curriculum will emphasize the applications of ABA concepts with individual students, classrooms, schools, and school districts. In addition, they will learn about organizational behavior management as a tool to promote and sustain change in the work place, effective methods of training and performance management, and evidence-based education practices in ABA.

  • EDD 9650: Behavioral Principles and Concepts (3 credits)
  • EDD 9655: Functional Behavior Assessment (3 credits)
  • ARC 8919: Single Subject Research (3 credits)
    *This course must be taken with an instructor who is a BCBA
  • EDD 9660: Applications of ABA in Education and Human Services (3 credits)
  • EDD 9665: Leadership and Ethical Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

Students wishing to pursue the ABA courses alone can apply to the Doctoral program for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS). The application process and admissions requirements are the same for entry to the CAGS as for the Ed.D. program. Students may earn a CAGS at the Fischler College of Education by:

  • Option 1: Completing all required concentration courses (a minimum of 18 credit hours to a maximum of 24 credit hours depending on concentration area) in any approved FSE Doctoral concentration [See Doctoral Concentrations and Minors listing above]
  • Option 2: Completing all required minor courses (15 credit hours) in any approved FSE Doctoral minor [See Doctoral Concentrations and Minors listing above]

No. Completing the minor or CAGS program in ABA does NOT indicate certification in ABA. Certification can only be obtained by completing the necessary coursework and supervised experience as well as passing the certification exam. These certificate programs are designed to meet the academic coursework for the certification process, but are only 1 step in the process of becoming certified. For more information about behavior analysis certification, please refer to www.bacb®.com.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has approved the doctoral minor as meeting the eligibility requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

No, you will need to pursue the supervised independent fieldwork option outlined at http://www.bacb®.com in order to complete the supervised experience portion of the requirements for certification.

The courses are offered in 15-week semesters and at least 1 course is offered per semester. Students should take EDD 9650 first as it is a prerequisite for the other classes. It is offered in the fall semester every year.

More information about tuition and fees is available at

There are a number of student loans available for students. Financial aid is available in the form of guaranteed low interest loans through the federal government. For additional information, please contact the office of Student Financial Assistance (800) 541-6682, ext. 3380 or visit the web site at

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