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2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate


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Program Overview


The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate establishes a pathway for students to obtain Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. The ABA program is a 2-year graduate-level program. Seven ABA certificate courses are offered sequentially, one per semester.  The courses are for practicing professionals and current graduate-level students. The online and hybrid delivery method makes it possible for those who have a master’s degree or higher and are working in South Dakota or those students enrolled in a graduate degree program to stack our course alongside their program of study. Students can attend 17 of the 21 credit hours through online synchronous course offerings. The remaining 4-credit course will be completed through a hybrid instructional delivery method. This program will meet the Verification Course Sequence (VCS) standards as set by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Learn more at usd.edu/abacert

DELIVERY: Online* | Hybrid 

* Majority of courses online, program requires a hybrid course that is both online and on-campus. 

Certificate Requirements - 21 Credit Hours


General Application Requirements


  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

Distance Program Leading to Professional Licensure


Location Matters. This program is designed to meet the educational requirements for a professional license or certification and allows students to enroll in at least one course through distance education during the first semester. Pursuant to Federal Regulations, the program may only admit students who are located in states where the program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure or who attest in writing that they intend to seek licensure or employment in a state where the program meets those requirements. As part of your application to this program, you will be asked to provide additional information regarding your location to assist the program in determining your eligibility for admission. 

If you have questions regarding licensure, we encourage you to contact a program representative prior to submitting your admission application, as the application fee is non-refundable. For more information, visit USD’s Licensure-Track Programs page for links to the USD program websites and state licensure board websites. 

Additionally, this program is authorized to offer supervised field study experiences (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) in South Dakota. Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on your ability to engage in supervised field study outside of South Dakota. If you have questions regarding supervised field study, please contact a program representative. 

Distance education courses or programs will not be offered outside of the United States without prior written approval from the University, which may be withheld for any reason. If you are taking distance courses while physically located outsides of the United States, it is your responsibility to confirm the following: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b) whether the program meets licensure or certification requirements in the country including the availability of supervised field study opportunities in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

Questions?


Public Health and Health Sciences Department
605-357-1439 | aba@usd.edu | usd.edu/abacert

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad

 

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