Feb 07, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Positive Behavior Support Graduate Certificate

Application deadlines - http://www.grad.usf.edu/cert

This program is offered fully online.


This graduate certificate program is designed for educators, school or mental health administrators, school psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and behavioral health staff who want to specialize in an evidence-based approach to resolving challenging behavior and supporting the prosocial behavior of children and youth within schools and early education settings. Participants are required to complete 9 credit hours from the list of core courses and one elective, for a total of 12 credit hours. Core courses teach the behavior skills needed to contribute to the development of intensive, individual behavior support and the collaboration skills necessary to make them an effective member of a positive behavior support team. The third required course allows students to develop knowledge and expertise either in school‐wide (K‐12) or program‐wide (early childhood) Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Students may elect to complete the certificate requirements with the fourth core course or one of the six electives. These courses individualize the certificate to meet students’ interests in behavioral health o related fields such as behavior analysis, education, and social work. For more information, visit the PBS Certificate Program website. The PBS Graduate Certificate is a program offered as part of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Participants in the program are FCIC trainees with access to local and national resources.

Course Location/Delivery


Admissions Requirements

Must meet University Graduate Admissions and English Proficiency requirements. 

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


Consult Advisor


Select 1 or take 4th Core:

Time Limit

2 years

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

The certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.


Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/cert