The University of Arizona is also featured in our ranking 40 Best Online ABA Graduate Certificate Online Programs.
Online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate
The University of Arizona offers an Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate program for online students. Designed for those who want to work as ABA specialists and therapists, the program allows students to meet some of the requirements needed to take a licensing exam and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. This program is available through the university’s College of Education.
Those entering this program must have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field and have some fieldwork experience. When they submit their applications, students will write down the experience they have and who they worked with in the field. They must have experience working with and under a professional who already has board certification before enrolling in this program.
U of A gives students the flexibility to work at their own pace. Many of the students in this program work full-time and take courses over several semesters. Those students can finish their studies in 16 months of part-time work. The university allows full-time students to take all required classes over four semesters or less and graduate much faster.
This program consists of six classes that are worth a total of 18 credits. Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis is a class that goes over the issues facing professionals today, while Ethical Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis is a class that focuses on ethical and professional issues. Students will also take a Single Subject Research course that requires them to work with clients in the field for no less than 45 hours. They must work under the supervision of a licensed professional.
Students will also take a course on Advanced Positive Behavioral Support, which takes place over two semesters, and a class called Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention. The University of Arizona allows students enrolled in its MA in Behavior Support program to take some of these classes.
About University of Arizona
Located in Tuscon, Arizona, the University of Arizona is a large public university with an enrollment of more than 43,000 students. Though chartered in 1885, a number of issues led to a delay in the construction of the university. It took two years before it selected a campus and began working on its first building. The campus finally opened in 1891 with an enrollment of just 32 students. It also operated a small academy for high school students because there weren’t any high schools in the state at the time. The university closed down the high school more than 20 years later.
Called different names today, including U of A and UA, the university also uses the name Arizona because it’s the primary public university system in the state. The university ranks as one of the best colleges in the world and in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, ARWU, Washington Monthly and other publications. Playboy Magazine routinely picked U of A as one of the top five party schools in the nation. It also has a strong reputation because of the financial aid that it offers to students and for the lower than average amount of debt that students have when they graduate. The University of Arizona now offers a variety of online programs as well as traditional programs.
University of Arizona Accreditation Details
Students planning on using the FAFSA because they need financial aid must make certain that the university they want to attend has regional accreditation. U of A has its regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS). This also allows the university to accept credits that a student earned from another school with regional accreditation. The University of Arizona also has accreditation for its nursing and business programs as well as programs in other fields from organizations that include the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
University of Arizona Application Requirements
The graduate certificate programs that U of A offer accept both students who have just a bachelor’s degree and those who have master’s or doctoral degrees. There are just a few steps that students will take. U of A recommends that prospective students look at the admissions requirement of the program they want to study before they apply to ensure they meet all these requirements.
Prospective certificate grad students only need to complete two steps. The first of which is the submission of the online application. It allows students to list the subject they want to study and to select a certificate rather than a degree program. Each section on the application asks for different types of information. There is a contact section where students will enter their addresses and phone numbers as well as a personal section where they list their names and birth dates. They’ll also list any schools they attended before submitting the application and paying the associated fee. U of A then asks students to submit official transcripts from the colleges they previously attended.
Tuition and Financial Aid
As the ABA certificate program that U of A offers is a graduate program, it charges the same rate as all other grad programs do. The cost for grad students who are also Arizona residents is $834 for tuition alone. Once a student factors in all fees, the cost will rise to around $954 per credit hour. Nonresidents can enroll in an online certificate program too. They pay close to $1,900 per credit hour. Though students may need to purchase some textbooks and other miscellaneous supplies, most of the resources they need are available online and for free. The university’s ABA program is actually a little more affordable and charges a rate of just $653 per credit hour for both Arizona residents and nonresidents.
Students working on a certificate typically do not receive as much financial aid as students working on a full degree get. The federal government does offer some grants and loans for certificate program students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students can find out about their options after completing and filing the FAFSA. U of A offers payment plans for students who want a convenient way to pay off their tuition. The University of Arizona also recommends that students apply for external grants and that they talk to their employers about tuition reimbursement programs.