Behavior Support Specialist

Graduate Certificate

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University in Arizona

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 36
Cost Per Credit: $653
University of Arizona College of Education

College of Education

Program Details

Schools often move existing employees into behavior support roles that require specialized training. This certificate's coursework develops the skills needed to provide effective behavior support services in school settings. It requires 9 units taken through three sequentially connected courses. The UA started providing this training in 2001; to date, there are few programs outside the UA focused specifically on the school behavioral specialist. Our coursework is also fully online and draws graduate students from across Arizona and beyond, including more than 20 other U.S. states, Bermuda, Canada and Hong Kong.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The courses for this program include:

SERP 502: Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention
SERP 504: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners
SERP 529A: Advanced Positive Behavioral Support I
SERP 503: Special Services in the Schools
SERP 500: Foundations of Special Education and Rehabilitation
SERP 556: Research Methods in Education
SERP 529B: Advanced Positive Behavioral Support II
SERP 552: Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
SERP 590: Single Subject Research Design
SERP 597E: Consultation and Collaboration for Special Needs Students
SERP 553: Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis