Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

This post-master’s certificate program includes optional practicum coursework and focuses on applying the science and methodology of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in educational settings. Participants learn to develop, deliver, and evaluate effective teaching practices, and to identify strategies and resources teachers can use to better serve students.

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Faculty Lead
Tamara Marder, PhD, BCBA-D
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Camilla Mika Simms

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator
Camilla Mika Simms
410-516-9760
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Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

At A Glance*

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Format

PART-TIME

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Location

COLUMBIA, MD

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Credits

21

(optional practicum coursework – 12 credits)
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Start Term 

FALL 

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Completion Time

2 YEARS

(3 years with practicum courses)
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Application Deadline

ROLLING

*Information for students entering program for academic year 2020-2021

Application requirements and deadlines
Post Master’s Certificate: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Enrollment:Part-Time
Start Terms:Fall
Application Deadline: Rolling
Prerequisite:
An applicant must have a master's degree from an accredited university or the equivalent from a foreign institution in one of the following areas: education, psychology, or behavior analysis.
Earned minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate studies (including for incomplete programs of study and for programs still in progress).
Application Requirements:
Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Essay:
A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Interview: A select number of applicants will be invited for an interview
Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

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Alicia F. Woolf

The professors are both practitioners and experts in research in the field. I was able to discuss common problems of practice with all of my professors, who work with children regularly, and to pass the rigorous ABA exam—on my first try!

Alicia F. Woolf, MEd, BCBA, LBA
2018 graduate, ABA certificate program  

Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

Program Description

Students in the Post-Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program receive preparation in the evidence-based practice of ABA to meet the needs of a growing population of students with behavioral challenges.

The program focuses on applying the science and methodology of ABA to educational settings. Participants learn how to develop, deliver, and evaluate effective teaching practices, as well as to identify specific strategies and resources teachers can use to better serve students.

The program also provides the option to enroll in four elective practicum courses that are designed meet BCBA Fieldwork Requirements outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The practicum provides supervised real-world experiences in the application of behavior-analytic services in educational settings and includes both individual and group supervision. 

The Johns Hopkins School of Education is one of the only Maryland universities offering the ABA certificate, and it is a valuable career credential for teachers, educators, or administrators. The pass rate for first-time Johns Hopkins School of Education graduates on the Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination greatly exceeds the national rate.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

Core Faculty

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Tamara Marder

Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

Tuition Support

PARTIAL TUITION FUNDING

Available for qualified candidates

Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

PROGRAM PLAN

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a minimum of a graduate degree (e.g., master’s degree or doctorate) from a qualifying institution. Please see the BACB website for more information.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • No other certification or licensure (e.g. teacher certification) would be required for acceptance into the program.
Coursework

873.601 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education
873.602 Research Methods: Evaluation, Measurement and Single Case Design
873.603 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Challenging Behaviors
873.604 Behavioral Assessment and Instructional Strategies
873.605 Ethics and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts
873.606 Applications of ABA in the Classroom
873.607 Supervision and Consultation Practices in ABA

Electives
873.610 ABA Practicum I
873.611 ABA Practicum II
873.612: ABA Practicum III
873.613: ABA Practicum IV

Program plan

Year 1 

Fall Semester

873.601 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education

873.602 Research Methods: Evaluation, Measurement and Single Case Design

Spring Semester

873.603 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Challenging Behaviors

873.605 Ethics and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts

Year 2

Fall Semester

873.604 Behavioral Assessment and Instructional Strategies

873.610 ABA Practicum I (Elective)

Spring Semester

873.607 Supervision and Consultation Practices in ABA

873.611: ABA Practicum II (Elective)

Year 3

Fall Semester

873.606: Applications of ABA in the Classroom

873.612: ABA Practicum Elective III (Elective)

Spring Semester

873.613: ABA Practicum IV (Elective)

Certification

ABAI VCS Program seal The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Course Information

Course descriptions, locations, and availability

Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

WHAT TO EXPECT

STUDENT OUTCOMES

  • Define, demonstrate, and apply the concepts and principles of behavior analysis within an educational setting (pre–K through 12th grade) as evidenced by successful completion of coursework and practicum requirements.
  • Utilize research methods to evaluate and measure the effectiveness of intervention and instructional procedures within an educational setting (pre–K through 12th grade) as evidenced by successful completion of coursework and practicum requirements.
  • Conduct and complete behavioral assessments in order to identify the effective instructional program or behavior reduction plan in an educational setting (pre–K through 12th grade) as evidenced by successful completion of coursework and practicum requirements.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate an instructional program based on assessment results to increase a desired behavior/skill for an individual students or a group of students in an educational setting (pre–K through 12th grade) as evidenced by successful completion of coursework and practicum requirements.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a behavior reduction program based on assessment results to decrease inappropriate behaviors for individual students or a group of students in an educational setting (pre–K through 12th grade) as evidenced by successful completion of coursework and practicum requirements.
  • Define and practice within the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, as evidenced by successful completion of coursework and practicum requirements.
  • Implement, manage, and practice applied behavior analysis in an educational setting (pre–K through 12th grade) as evidenced by successful completion of coursework and practicum requirements.
  • With the successful completion of coursework and practicum requirements, candidates will take and successfully complete the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam as evidenced by a passing score (set by the BACB).

Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Once I complete this program can I call myself a BCBA?

No, it is expected that candidates will pursue certification (board certified behavior analyst) upon completion of coursework and completion of practicum hours. Students are responsible for verifying (via Behavior Analysis Certification Board) the most current information and requirements for becoming certified.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education does not provide certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Student are responsible for applying to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and for supplying all supporting documentation of coursework completed, practicum hours completed, and scheduling the Behavior Analysis Certification Board exam.

Where are classes offered?

All courses are offered at our Columbia, Md., building and are held in the evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, during the fall and spring semesters. Students should expect to be in classes two nights a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Does the program offer opportunities to complete the required BCBA fieldwork requirements?

Yes.  The practicum courses provide supervised fieldwork experiences in the application of behavior analytic services in educational setting and includes a face-to-face seminar with an instructor. Placements for each student are coordinated through the Practicum Coordinator and the faculty adviser.

Post-Master’s Certificate – Applied Behavior Analysis

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, the School of Education is required to disclose select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.

Gainful Employment Disclosure – 2019

Program Name: Post Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

This program is designed to be completed in 16 months.

This program will cost $21,091 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves
with $ [XX,XXX] of debt.

Too few graduates to report median debt.

Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland

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