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Special Education (M.Ed.) - Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization Program


In conjunction with a primary specialization in Early Childhood, High Incidence, or Severe Disabilities at either the master's or doctoral level, students may apply to complete the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training program. This program offers a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB1)-compliant course sequence that entails five mandatory classes and one elective class (determined by the student’s primary specialization).

SPED 8810: Introduction to Single-Subject Research Methodology
SPED 8400: Experimental Analysis of Behavior
SPED 7400: Management Procedures for Academic and Social Behavior
SPED 7430: Administering Ethical Behavior Analytic Services
SPED 7600: Advanced Procedures in Classroom Management
SPED 7980: Internship

Elective (one course)
SPED 7810: Research Methods in Special Education
SPED 7250: Methods of Instruction of Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
SPEDE 7400: Foundations of Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education

Students accepted into this program are expected to accumulate supervised field experiences prerequisite to board certification ( Department-facilitated field experiences include a combination of ABA-related research opportunities and internship experiences.

ABA training culminates in the successful completion of a capstone project (applied project, thesis, or clinical case manager). Capstone projects are socially significant behavior analytic projects that require students to assume a leadership role and integrate skills acquired during ABA coursework and field experiences.

1 The BACB is a nonprofit organization that credentials behavior analysts who have completed a BACB-approved course sequence, have accrued sufficient field experience hours, and have demonstrated proficiency identifying and describing behavior analytic principles, processes, and concepts as evidenced by a passing score on a mandatory computerized exam prior to board certification (for more information about the BACB and certification process, visit BACB requires all departments with verified course sequences to provide pass/fail rates: (

For more information please contact  Dr. Johanna Staubitz