Department of Special Education
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UNM’s transcripted Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) prepares professionals to work effectively with individuals with a wide range behavior support needs. Graduates are prepared to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who work in schools, clinics, community organizations, private practice, and inpatient hospitals. 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 active researchers and who are committed to providing students with the individualized support they need.
Megan Martins, Ph.D, BCBA-Dmmartins@unm.edu
The ABA Graduate Certificate program is open to students who have completed or are pursuing a graduate degree in Special Education or other related fields(e.g., Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Counseling) and to individuals who minimally hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in advanced training in behavioral analysis and intervention.
Students who wish to fulfill the field experience requirements for credentialing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) may take fieldwork courses at UNM in addition to the coursework for the ABA-GCERT. Only completion of all ABA-GCERT courses and a required number of hours of fieldwork courses prepares a student to sit for the national credentialing exam as a BCBA.
Prerequisite Courses (6 credit hours) SPCD 519 Intro to ABA SPCD 510 Special Education Law
Required Courses (18 Credit Hours) SPCD 505 Sem: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis SPCD 597 Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Behavior Analysis SPCD 619 Single Case Research Design SPCD 521 Behavioral Assessment in ABA SPCD 522 Supervision & Consultation in Behavior Analysis SPCD 523 Foundational & Contemporary Topics in Behavior Analysis
Field Experience Labs for Individuals Seeking BCBA certificationSPCD 594L Advanced Field Experience in ABA-Lab - up to 18 hours
Summer & Fall Admission: February 28 Spring Admission: September 30
Applications accepted at other times; these are priority deadlines.
Step 1: Complete the online application for the ABA GCERT through Graduate Studies: http://www.unm.edu/apply/
Step 2: Complete the Hearst ABA GCERT Scholarship application: contact Dr. Susan Copeland (email@example.com) for the application.
Faculty will rate scholarship applications based on clarity of the applicant’s professional goals, professional timeline for completion of all certificate requirements, and description of need for additional resources for advanced graduate study.
Dec. 31, 2020
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