This certificate is for educators and direct-care staff who want to deepen their understanding and expertise in identifying student behaviors that may cause learning difficulties.

The Applied Behavior Analysis, ABA, certificate course sequence is taught fully online by our CU Denver ABA instructors. ABA certificate seekers can use CU Denver’s coursework to meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) coursework requirements towards becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Offered By:

University of Colorado Denver


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Program Details

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board has approved our fifth task list course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Examination and the Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination.

Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

Our program does not assist with providing supervision nor finding supervisors for the experience component of the BCBA or BCaBA certification.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.


Courses comprise a seven-course sequence of 3-credit hour, fully-online courses, taught by experienced CBCBA instructors. ABA certificate students will complete a total of 315 required class hours distributed among the BACB®’s 5th Edition Task List areas.

The seven courses (SPED 5450, SPED 5460, SPED 5470, SPED 5480, SPED 5490, SPED 5440, and SPED 5495) will be offered in sequence.

Cohorts that begin with the first course (SPED 5450) start in January and July.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student.

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.

Example Courses
SPED 5450 — Introduction to ABA and Terminology
This course will introduce the history and basics of ABA with a focus on its related terminology. In addition, ABA benefits will be discussed, and emphasis placed on ethical considerations required for practicing ABA as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.
SPED 5460 — ABA Practical Applications
This course will provide a framework for the natural science of behavior. It will provide students with a systematic approach to understanding and precisely describing the behavior of individuals, and its relationship to environmental determinants.
SPED 5470 — ABA Data
This course will introduce how to collect and interpret different types of data, and the importance of making data-driven decisions for behavior change procedures based on functional relationships.