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In this program, you will complete a series of graduate-level classes approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and the Fresno Pacific University certificate committee. Coursework will prepare you to assist people to learn new behaviors, increase or reduce existing behaviors and teach individuals when to use specific behaviors in specific instances. The scope of these services ranges from addressing challenging behaviors of an individual to changing the behavior of an entire organization, school or school-community.


  • Small class sizes
  • Evening classes

Career opportunities

This certification program is especially valuable for individuals pursuing their master’s in school counseling and/or school psychology because of the increasing demand in schools for expertise in developing systematic individual behavior support plans.

Program director

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Eileen M. Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor, Education, Program Director, School Counseling & School Psychology


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David Weber, Psy.D., NCSP, LEP

Assistant Professor of School Counseling and School Psychology

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Jonathan Gage, Ed.D.

Pupil Personnel Services Program Director, Bakersfield, Clinical Assistant, School of Education

Kelly Bentz, Ph.D.
Kelly J. Bentz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director Special Education Merced Campus

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Three reference forms
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Orientation interview with BCBA enrollment adviser


  • Master’s degree in school counseling, school psychology or a related area*
  • or Advancement to candidacy for the school counseling/school psychology dual credential or master’s program*

Course listing

Required Courses (28 Units)

PPP 718Behavioral Assessment/Intervention3
PPP 734Early Intervention and Behavioral Assessment3
PPP 737Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis3
PPP 739Advanced Behavior Assessment: Application to Autism Spectrum Disorder3
PPP 740Advanced Procedures for Behavior Change and Support3
PPP 771Behavioral Research Methods in Education3
PPP 793BBCBA Supervised Experiences1-3

Must take a minimum of 10 units