Who should apply?
The Graduate Certificate Program in School-wide Positive Behavior Supports (SWPBS) is designed for students who:
- have education, experience, or both in Special Education or a related area of study
- are pursuing advanced degrees in Special Education or a related area of study or wish to gain additional knowledge through continuing education
- desire to gain an in-depth knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the empirical basis for SWPBS.
- commit to applying evidence-based practices in positive behavior interventions and supports in their future work.
What courses and experiences are required?
The following required courses are offered in 4 consecutive semesters
- EPSY 3125/5141: Classroom and Behavior Management for Special Education
- EPSY 5142: Individualized Positive Behavior Support
- EPSY 5405: Applied Behavior Analysis
- EPSY 5092: Practicum in School–wide Positive Behavior Support
In addition, students are required to complete activities to demonstrate mastery of competencies in the area of SWPBS.
What are the timelines and next steps?
Students may apply for the Graduate Certificate in SWPBS (a) along with their application an advanced degree program (i.e., MA, 6th Year, or PhD) in Special Education or a related area of study, (b) upon acceptance into an advanced degree program in Special Education or a related area of study, (c) as a non–degree student interested in gaining additional knowledge in SWPBS, or (d) after completing the initial course in the sequence (i.e., EPSY 5141).
Applications are due no later than May 1st. Applications will be reviewed each May (in time for fall admission), and may also be reviewed throughout the year if additional openings are available. Please note that the required sequence of courses takes 4 semesters (a minimum of 2 years) to complete.