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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 next ABA cohort will begin in Winter 2015.   
The deadline to apply is October 15, 2014.
If you are interested in joining, connect with us via our mini-survey.

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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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Our next cohort is scheduled to begin in Winter 2015.  The deadline to apply for Winter 2015 is October 15, 2014. Completed applications are good for one calendar year.  Please contact Susan Martino below for questions regarding the application process.

Download Information Packet (Contains general information about program overview, eligibility requirements, and course details)
Download Application Packet (Contains information on how to apply)

ABA Program Coordinators:
  • Dr. Janet Graetz, Advising & Admissions    |   (248) 370-2620

  • Dr. Jessica Korneder (BCBA), Course Instructor, Practicum Advising   |   (248) 370-3080
For application questions, please contact:

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