Positive Behavior Support, Graduate Certificate

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 www.bacb.com). 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 www.pbis.org. Attention is focused on understanding the conditions in the environment that contribute to challenging behavior, and modifying those conditions to strengthen desirable behavior.

NAU has been ranked one of the best 62 schools with 100% online Graduate Certificate programs by the Applied Behavior Analysis Edu Organization. Please visit the Applied Behavior Analysis Edu Organization for more information.

This online Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support prepares students who graduate, have a masters degree in Education, Psychology, or Behavior Analysis, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you want more information or have more questions about this program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application Deadlines

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.

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


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 information on this page carefully and follow all the links to ensure you understand it. If you still have questions, please contact Dr. Juane Heflin.

Juane Heflin, PhD, BCBA-D
College of Education, Educational Specialties Program
PO Box 5774
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Phone: 928-637-5948
E-mail: juane.heflin@nau.edu 

Programs of Study

Below is a downloadable Program of Study.  This includes complete set of courses and other work that must be successfully completed before qualifying for a degree, diploma, or certificate.

The program of studies is the agreed-upon plan between you and your faculty advisor on completing program requirements.

It is used as a verification document when you apply for graduation.

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