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Special Education (Applied Behavior Analysis), MA

Prepare to support and advocate for individuals with diverse learning and behavioral needs. Coursework is verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International® for students interested in sitting for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.


Program description

The MA program in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis pairs research and experience to prepare professionals to work with individuals with diverse learning and behavior needs using the principles of applied behavior analysis. All courses are online, combining an assortment of resources and technologies to provide students the opportunity to interact directly with program faculty and classmates.

Program graduates are well prepared to provide applied behavior analysis and evidence-based consultative services and support to clients, community and family members across a variety of settings. Applied projects and assignments allow students to focus on the population with which they plan to work, while gaining the knowledge and skills they need in order to use applied behavior analysis across various populations and settings. 

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers university coursework verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI®) as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination. Once certified, these professionals are equipped to meet diverse behavior needs and make a lasting difference in the community. The course sequence meets the Behavior Analyst Certification Board-required 315 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction aligned with the BCBA/BCaBA task list (fifth edition). BCBA supervised independent fieldwork supervision hours, required for certification, are arranged and completed by the student separately from their ASU coursework. An optional remote BCBA supervised independent fieldwork practicum (SPE 580 Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum) is available.

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