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ABA: Autism Certificate: <br>Applied Behavior Analysis


Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), provided by individuals trained in the principles of behavioral analysis, can help individuals with autism to learn specific skills such as how to communicate, develop relationships, play, care for themselves, learn in school, succeed at work, and participate fully and productively in family and community activities, regardless of their age.  ABA has a strong database of research to document its effectiveness with positive behavioral changes for this and other populations.

Oakland University's program - approved by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB) - offers specific courses in behavioral principles and techniques.  Applicants will also be required to pass the exam required by the BACB in order to earn certification.  For more detailed information about the BCBA designation, please visit

The starting semester of our next ABA cohort has not yet been determined.  Connect with us via our mini-survey or check back frequently for details as they become available.

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Admission Criteria
  • Possession of a minimum of a master's degree from an accredited university that was (a) conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology OR (b) conferred in a degree program in which the candidate completed a BACB approved course sequence   BACB
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher   
  • Participation in an Overview Meeting may be required
  • A Personal Interview may be required
  • Potential for success in the program

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Below are the 10 courses in the ABA program, with a link to download the course description and abbreviated syllabus.

SE 570: Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
SE 511: Practicum - Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

SE 571: Behavioral Assessment
SE 512: Practicum - Behavioral Assessment

SE 572: Treatment Planning
SE 513: Practicum - Treatment Planning

SE 573: Research Methods
SE 514: Practicum - Research Methods

SE 574: Ethics
SE 515: Practicum - Ethics

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Children's Hospital of Michigan: Autism Center
41935 W. Twelve Mile Road, Suite 100 
Novi, MI  48377 
(248) 305-6163

Beaumont Hospital HOPE Center
1695 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 120
Berkley, MI  48072

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  1. Although we are working hard to put things in place for our next cohort, the next opportunity to begin has not yet been determined.
  2. If you wish to apply for a future cohort, please know that completed applications are good for one calendar year.

If you have question about OU's ABA program, please contact:
Dr. Janet Graetz, ABA Program Coordinator    |   (248) 370-2620

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:
Susan Martino, Director of Program Development    |   (248) 370-4415

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