Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

For more information, contact:
Susan Martino
Director of Program Development
Make an Appointment
(248) 370-4415

ABA Program Faculty Advisers:
Janet Graetz, Ph.D. 
Advising & Admissions
(248) 370-2620

Jessica Korneder, BCBA-D 
Course Instructor, Practicum Advising
(248) 370-3080 

ABA: Applied Behavior Analysis


Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), provided by individuals trained in the principles of behavioral analysis, can help individuals including those with autism learn specific skills such as how to communicate, develop relationships, play, care for themselves, learn in school, succeed at work, and participate fully and productively in family and community activities, regardless of their age. ABA has a strong database of research to document its effectiveness with positive behavioral changes for a variety of populations.

Oakland University's graduate certificate in ABA and the M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration are both approved by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  

In order to earn the BCBA designation, individuals are also required to complete up to 1500 hours of ABA practicum or independent fieldwork, and pass the board’s national exam. 

  • The graduate certificate in ABA (18 credits) offers specific courses in behavioral principles and techniques that fulfill course requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Candidates for the certificate program should already hold a board-approved master's degree.
  • The M.Ed. in Special Education (44 credits) fulfills the BACB degree requirements; the ABA concentration courses are embedded within the degree. Candidates for the master’s program must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
  • A variety of board-approved practicum / independent fieldwork options are available.  Contact faculty adviser (Dr. Jessica Korneder) for details.

For more detailed information on this credential, please visit

We are now accepting applications to begin in Fall 2018 (for those who need a board-approved master's degree) and Winter 2019 (for those who already have a board-approved master's degree).

This cohort will be filled well before the late application deadline of July 15th--apply now.

Admission Criteria
  • For the Graduate Certificate in ABA program: Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in ABA program must have a board approved masters degree: in education, psychology or behavior analysis: BACB.
  • For the M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration program: Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelors degree.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A personal interview may be required
  • Potential for success in the program
Below are the 10 courses in the ABA program, with a link to download the course description and abbreviated syllabus.

SE 570: Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
SE 511: Practicum - Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

SE 571: Behavioral Assessment
SE 512: Practicum - Behavioral Assessment

SE 572: Treatment Planning
SE 513: Practicum - Treatment Planning

SE 573: Research Methods
SE 514: Practicum - Research Methods

SE 574: Ethics
SE 515: Practicum - Ethics

ABA Certificate Coursework:

     Oakland University Main Campus
     Pawley Hall
     Rochester, MI 48309
     (Map / Directions)

Fieldwork/University Practicum:

     To be completed at an approved ABA site