Special Education Sequence for Applied Behavior Analysis

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Special Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
Location(s):
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Degree

Description

The master’s degree program in special education with the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sequence provide advanced graduate preparation in special education and enables students to take the coursework required for board certification in behavior analysts (BCBA). The program represents collaboration between the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP).

The 36-credit program is composed of a special education core (15 credits), an ABA core (18 credits) and an elective chosen in consultation with an academic advisor (3 credits).

This program DOES NOT include coursework leading to teacher certification in special education.
An additional, seventh ABA course (18:820:522 Personnel Supervision and Management in ABA) must be taken to meet the academic requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA examination. Students will also need to meet additional fieldwork experience requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the BCBA exam. This seventh course, as well as the experience requirements, are not currently included in this degree program. Applicants will need to meet these additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. 

 

Several other special education program options are also provided:

Admissions

Applications can be completed online. Applications must be filed with the graduate admissions office no later than February 1 for the fall term, October 15 for the spring term, and May 15 for the summer term.

For information on financial aid opportunities, please see the GSE's Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships page.

Program Requirements

The 36-credit program is composed of a special education core (15 credits), an ABA core (18 credits) and an elective chosen in consultation with an academic advisor (3 credits).

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Dake Zhang.