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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate

UNM’s transcripted Graduate Certificate in ABA prepares professionals to work effectively with individuals who have behavior support needs. This includes individuals who engage in challenging behavior, as well as those who need more support to learn new skills. After completing program requirements, an official UNM Certificate in ABA is identified on the student’s transcript, documenting to employers and others that the student has successfully completed the program.

Why choose ABA?

ABA is a set of evidence-based principles and practices that apply to all learners. ABA strategies have proven to be successful in decreasing challenging behaviors and increasing beneficial behaviors among children and adults. ABA strategies also can help teach individuals new behaviors including academic skills. Learning about ABA can enhance the skills of those working in the schools (like behavior specialists and special education teachers), and those providing services in the community (like therapists and direct support staff).

Why choose UNM?

UNM has the only course sequence and supervised practicum in New Mexico that have been verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Courses are taught by experienced, full-time graduate faculty who are committed to providing students with the individualized support they need. Additionally, faculty members are engaged in many other activities—conducting research studies, publishing their results, and leading systems-change efforts—all of which enhance the learning opportunities available to UNM students.

What does the program require?

There are two options to complete the Certificate. After completing Option 1, students receive a transcripted Graduate Certificate in ABA from UNM. After completing Option 2, students receive the transcripted Graduate Certificate UNM, and are also eligible to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam, after meeting the graduate degree requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (Data on pass-rates for the BCBA exam for Verified Course Sequences are available here. Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation).

What are the potential employment opportunities?

New Mexico faces an incredible shortage of professionals with training in ABA. A great need exists especially for those who have earned the BCBA credential. Many employment opportunities are available in local agencies, the local school system, as well as nationally and internationally.

Susan Copeland, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Megan Martins, Ph.D, BCBA-D