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Northern Arizona University

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Positive Behavior Support Certificate


PO Box 5630
Flagstaff, AZ  86011-5630
United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

Positive Behavior Support Certificate

Format: Campus, Online

Program Description:

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 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 Attention is focused on understanding the conditions in the environment that contribute to challenging behavior, and modifying those conditions to strengthen desirable behavior.

This 18-credit online Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support prepares students who graduate, have a masters degree in a relevant field (, 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.


Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

# of Credits Required:


International Student Requirements:

Please see our website for international applicant requirements.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offered: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Intensive

Institution Sector: Public

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000 and above