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Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: 612-624-6083

Special Education
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

Tel: 612-626-0367
Fax: 612-624-8241

Applied behavior analysis



The certificate program in applied behavior analysis (ABA) prepares teachers and related service personnel to design and deliver services to pre-school children and youth with developmental and acquired disabilities.

This 12-credit program provides specialized training in methods of behavioral assessment, intervention, and treatment evaluation. Coursework addresses ethical issues regarding treatment delivery, and the need for supervision by qualified professionals. This population served by the Behavior Analyst may be diagnosed with autism, emotional/behavioral disorders, and traumatic brain injuries.

Professionals with specialized training in applied behavior analysis are in high demand. The behavior-analytic mode of service delivery is recognized locally and nationally as an effective and accountable system for consumers with developmental disabilities and autism.

This program offers professional development opportunities for public and private social service agency staff, public and private school personnel, treatment facility personnel, and psychology and education professionals.

Professionals in applied behavior analysis apply specific and comprehensive principles of learning to address behavioral needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings. Examples of these applications include: building the skills and achievements of children in school and work settings; and enhancing the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults with disabilities.

Completion of certificate requirements will be noted on the student’s transcript. Before registering for a required course, EPSY 5703, candidates must pass a criminal background check. The certificate program will also prepare students for the national professional certification examination sponsored by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®. However, applicants must meet additional criteria to meet certification requirements.

The certificate program is offered by the college’s Department of Educational Psychology (EdPsych) and the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

Program requirements

A maximum of three credit hours related to the ABA field and completed at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus may be accepted as prior credits. Coursework must be approved by certificate faculty. No coursework from outside the University of Minnesota will be accepted as transfer credits. No course substitutions will be allowed.

All coursework must be completed for the certificate. Students will have a maximum of four years to complete coursework for the certificate. Students must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA in certificate coursework to remain in the program. A minimum grade of B is required for successful completion of the required practicum course EPSY 5703.

All coursework must be completed prior to the practicum.  Before registering for EPSY 5703, candidates must pass a criminal background check. The candidate must pay any background check fees.


Required coursework (12 credits)
Students must complete 12 credits of coursework in the following list:

Coursework and practicum are not currently offered online.


Currently admitted degree seeking, certificate seeking, or non-degree seeking students may register online for coursework at the University’s One Stop student services Web site.

Students who want to begin certificate coursework before admission to a University of Minnesota degree or certificate program should use the One Stop non-degree registration option.

For questions about registration, contact Student Services at 612-625-5815.

Note: Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.

Tuition/financial aid

Certificate tuition varies, depending on a student’s enrollment status and residency. Tuition fees are charged according to the following criteria:

General financial aid advising and information are available from the University’s Office of Student Finance (OSF), 200 Fraser Hall, 106 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455; 612-624-1111.

For graduate assistantship/scholarship information (for students enrolled in graduate degree programs), contact the Graduate Assistant Office, 200 Donhowe (for mail) or 100 Donhowe (for walk in), Minneapolis, MN 55455; 612-624-7070; fax: 612-625-9801.

Program completion requirements

Final certificate clearance depends on completion of all course requirements, including the posting of final grades to the student’s transcript.  Students will have a maximum of seven years to complete coursework for the certificate.

In addition to completing all program requirements, students must complete the following form: Graduate Application for Degree/Certificate Form.

The College of Education and Human Development Graduate Student Services clears certificates on a monthly basis. This form must be submitted to One Stop Student Services on or before the first day of the month that the student intends to graduate. Students who submit the form to One Stop Student Services after the first day of the month will be cleared to graduate at the end of the following month.

Successful completion of the certificate will be noted on the student's official University of Minnesota transcript and an official certificate will be issued.

Program coordinator

Jennifer McComas
612-624-5854; e-mail:

Program faculty

Gail Peterson

Jennifer McComas

Frank Symons

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Revised November 27, 2013