Apr 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Behavior Analysis And Techniques Certificate

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Program: Certificate
Department of Psychology  
College of Science

Neff Hall 388 ~ 260-481-6403
Program Coordinator:  Jody Ross

This certificate trains you in the theory behind behavior analysis and offers hands-on experience that may prepare you to sit for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) exam of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.  An RBT is a paraprofessional who works under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to implement intervention or assessment plans for individuals with behavioral problems, such as children with autism.  The program includes fieldwork and practicum experience at an area agency that offers interventions based on applied behavior analysis to clients in the community.  The certificate can be earned and awarded independent of other degree(s).

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge about human development, principles of behavior change, and behavioral disorders.
  • Application of behavioral intervention skills in a supervised setting where such services are provided.
  • ​Understanding of ethical issues related to the field of applied behavior analysis and responsibilities of behavior analysts and technicians.

Declaring this Certificate:

Program Requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 or higher is required for graduation.
  • The minimum grade for all courses used to complete the certificate is C- or higher.
  • At least 9 credits must be earned as resident credit.
  • A practicum experience at an area agency that offers ABA-based interventions to clients in the community.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:

Information regarding Consumer Information for this program can be found under the Student Information heading at: Consumer Information - Purdue Fort Wayne (pfw.edu)


To earn the Behavior Analysis and Techniques certificate, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those noted above:


The practicum experience will be completed at an area agency that offers ABA-based interventions to clients in the community.

Total Credits: 18

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

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