Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) Program





Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is an approach to improving human behavior by making challenging behavior unnecessary and preferred behavior easy and effective. This involves the combined efforts of:

  • Helping people improve the quality of their lives (personal, health, social, family, etc), and
  • Replacing challenging behavior with socially acceptable alternative behavior.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science behind PBS, and the courses in the PBS Certificate are an “Approved Course Sequence” by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (see PBS employs research-validated behavioral practices of teaching and reinforcing behavior for individual children and adults as well as for groups of people (in classrooms, families, schools, etc). See Attention is focused on understanding the conditions in the environment that contribute to challenging behavior, and modifying those conditions to strengthen desirable behavior.

This 18-credit online Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support prepares students who graduate, have a masters degree in a relevant field (, obtain the required supervised experience, and pass the BACB® examination, to serve as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and Arizona Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBAs). Our graduates help parents, teachers, and others who support people with disabilities and challenging behavior.


  • bachelor’s degree
  • most recent GPA of 3.0 or above
  • acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in PBS

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You may begin this program in either the fall or spring semester. Be sure to complete your program application early so you have time to register for classes. Registration typically begins:

  • November 1 for the spring term
  • May 15 for the fall term

*Make sure to select the “Positive Behavior Support Certificate (online)” when applying.


BEGINNING JANUARY 2013, the coursework for this program is 18 credit hours in total, and breaks down into two basic components: Core courses plus either the School option or the Home option. 

Core courses

This block of coursework will give you the basic knowledge you need to conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), develop positive Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), and consult with caregivers and teams to ensure the plans are implemented with fidelity. The Positive Behavior Support core classes are listed below. In addition you must choose either the School option or the Home option. 

The Positive Behavior Support core classes are:

School option

This option will provide you with specialized training for working with children with disabilities in a school setting. Please note that the classes below have prerequisites you may have to take if you don't have relevant and recent training in Low Incidence disabilities. 

School option courses are: 

Note - To find the exact course descriptions, click the link above and scroll down to the course.

Home option

This option will provide you with specialized training in Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) for children with autism and other developmental disabilities in the home setting. 

Home option courses are:


See FAQ # 21 for information on our BACB® examination pass rate


If you plan to pursue online graduate courses you must be able to find, read and understand information provided on a website such as this. Therefore please read the above information carefully and follow all the links to ensure you understand it. If you still have questions, please contact Dr. Davidson.

Daniel Davidson, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Institute for Human Development
PO Box 5630
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5630
Fax: 928-523-9127
TDD: 928-523-1695