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Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Arts

Learn to empower and educate individuals of all ages with disabilities by facilitating their education and development.


16+ Months to Complete

No GMAT or GRE Exam Required

Zero Residency Requirement

Interested in working with people who need assistance to improve their communication, social and adaptive skills? This program will prepare you to provide evidence-based services in applied behavior analysis in clinical, school, and home settings.

You will also have the opportunity to complete an original applied project in your area of interest within behavior analysis. Projects are supervised by individual faculty and are conducted in lieu of a master’s thesis.

Program coursework has been verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and includes all 6 courses required to take the BCBA (Board Certification Behavior Analyst) exam. The program also fulfills the master’s degree requirement for the exam.

You may choose to complete the degree in as little as 4 semesters or 16 months if you begin in the Fall semester.

Please contact Rebecca Hartzell, Ph.D, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Special Education Program with questions about the program.

Students will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

View detailed program information

Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Master of Arts
College: College of Education

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $653
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The following courses are part of the curriculum in this degree program:

  • SERP 500 (or equivalent) Foundations of Special Education and Rehabilitation: Provides beginning graduate students with an overview of issues surrounding the fields of special education and rehabilitation, including legal principles, concepts of assessment; and principles of teaching and counseling. Students will examine and develop their personal philosophies regarding assessment of, services to and intervention with individuals with exceptionalities.
  • SERP 502 Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention: Grounds participants in the basic behavioral principles and techniques needed to successfully complete effective Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), function-based interventions, and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). Participants complete an FBA, develop an intervention based on the results, and design a BIP.
  • SERP 503 Special Services in the Schools: Information to aid teachers in dealing with responsibilities and concerns in school settings with regard to P.L. 94-142. Education for All Handicapped Children Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, and other legal issues.
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