About this Program

The goal of this program is to provide teachers and related-service providers with instruction in applied behavior analysis that will broaden the range of empirically-supported instructional methodologies used to meet the academic, social, and behavioral needs of a diverse student or client population. It also meets the educational and supervised-fieldwork standards needed to sit for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® examination.

Program Highlights

  • The Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program is a verified-course sequence approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The program consists of a seven-course sequence and a supervised-fieldwork experience. Students have the option to complete the supervised-fieldwork experience through the university or independently. The program is offered to students a combined distance learning and online format on a predetermined schedule over two years: one course per semester including summers.

  • Old Dominion University is honored to announce that our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate program has been ranked #5 among online psychology graduate certificate programs. This recognition underscores our unwavering dedication to providing exceptional education and positions ODU as a leader in the field. Join us and be part of an acclaimed program that prioritizes excellence and achievement.


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Mental Health Counselors

$48,050 (Approx) Median Salary

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Speech-Language Pathologists

$79,770 Median Salary

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

Counseling Psychologists

$81,330 Median Salary

Assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

$64,590 Median Salary

Teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

Alumni Careers

Public and Private Agencies as Directors of Special Education Services
Teacher Specialists
Classroom Teachers
BCBAs in Private Agencies Providing Services to Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder


What are the requirements to apply for Applied Behavior Analysis at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Have a master's degree from an accredited university or the equivalent from a foreign institution in any field of study OR be accepted into and currently pursuing a master's degree offered by an accredited university in any field of study

  • Prospective students must first apply to the program directly by completing an application and sending it to the program coordinator, Laura Chezan. The applicants are notified by the program coordinator whether or not they are accepted to the program after the application was reviewed. If accepted to the program, the applicants will then apply to the university.  


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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Associate Professor

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