Programs

Positive Behavior Support

Description

This graduate certificate program is designed for educators, school or mental health administrators, school psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and behavioral health staff who want to specialize in an evidence-based approach to resolving challenging behavior and supporting the prosocial behavior of children and youth within schools and early education settings.

Participants are required to complete 9 credit hours from the list of core courses and one elective, for a total of 12 credit hours. Core courses teach the behavior skills needed to contribute to the development of intensive, individual behavior support and the collaboration skills necessary to make them an effective member of a positive behavior support team. The third required course allows students to develop knowledge and expertise either in School-wide (K-12) or Program-wide (early childhood) Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Students may elect to complete the certificate requirements with the fourth core course or one of the six electives listed on the right. These courses individualize the certificate to meet students' interests in behavioral health or related fields such as behavior analysis, education, and social work. For more information, visit the PBS Certificate Program website.

The PBS Graduate Certificate is a program offered as part of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Participants in the program are FCIC trainees with access to local and national resources.

Course location/delivery

This certificate is offered fully online.

Admission requirements

Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. GRE testing is not required for admission to the certificate program. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required. International Applicants Click Here

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

Registration process

Once you have been accepted into the certificate program, you must register for classes. Follow the registration process on the Graduate Certificate registration page.

Prerequisites

Consult with the certificate program advisor.

Requirements

9 credit hours

MHS 6410 - Intensive Individual Positive Behavior Support (3)
MHS 6607 - Behavior Consultation and Collaborative Systems Change (3)
MHS 6608 - School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (3) OR
MHS 6605 - Addressing Behavior Challenges in Young Children (3)

Electives

3 credit hours. Choose one from the following or take the fourth core course:

MHS 6645 - Mental Health Informatics (3) - Bruce Levin, CFS (Summer)
PHC 6240 - Cultural Competency in Children's Mental Health (3) - Mario Hernandez, CFS (Fall and Spring)
MHS 6095 - Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Practices (3) - Carol MacKinnon-Lewis, CFS (Fall and Spring)
PHC 6543 - Foundations in Behavioral Health Systems (3) - Bruce Levin, CFS (Fall and Spring)
MHS 6901 - Independent Studies in Mental Health (1-4) - various instructors - Must be approved by the certificate advisor before enrolling (Fall, Spring and Summer)
Other relevant elective, approved by the certificate advisor

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval. However, acceptance into a graduate certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program.

Standardized tests

GRE testing is not required for admission to the certificate program. However, the GRE is required for admission to the graduate degree programs. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.

Contacts

Jolenea Ferro, PhD, BCBA-D
813-974-3126
jbferro@usf.edu

Michelle Kobus, M.Ed.
813-974-3126
mkobus@usf.edu

Graduate Certificate
813-974-4926
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