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USF Announces New Online Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

Tampa, FL. Aug. 25, 2014 — The University of South Florida now offers a new, comprehensive online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis to prepare professionals to work with individuals with special learning and behavior needs. Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) can help create treatment plans and supportive environments for children and adults living with a disability, mental illness, or behavioral disorders such as autism, ADHD or addiction.

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is estimated to grow by a substantial 31% between now and 2020, as a result of the expanded insurance coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act.

"We are excited to offer this graduate certificate for those interested in gaining expertise in ABA and, potentially, certification as a behavior analyst," says professor Raymond Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA, and director of the ABA Master's and Graduate Certificate programs.

Students and professionals will gain specialized expertise in areas critical to behavior analysis, including collecting and interpreting observational data, conducting functional assessments, creating treatment plans, implementing interventions, and conducting research in community settings.

Students with a master's degree in psychology, education, or special education will also meet the coursework required to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam and pursue certification.

The online 18-credit hour program can completed while pursuing a graduate degree or as a stand-alone certificate. The online courses are available in an accelerated eight-week format.

The new graduate certificate ABA program is offered by the Department of Child and Family Studies in the USF College of Community and Behavioral Sciences. USF has partnered with All Campus, a full-service enrollment services agency to help enhance the program's reach and offer advising services to prospective and participating students.

For more information, visit http://abacert.usf.edu or contact Kathy Barnes at 813-974-8031.