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Special Education (MEd, Guided Studies - Applied Behavior Analysis) (online)

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Degree Overview

The Special Education Guided Studies, Applied Behavior Analysis program, offered completely most affordable online college badgeonline, will meet the needs of individuals who are seeking a master's degree and the necessary coursework to sit for the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Students complete four required courses, including a capstone course on implementation of best practices, and 30 credits in three goal areas with content meeting the standards for a Verified Course Sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis according to the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, as well as courses related to Autism, a primary area of service delivery in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Requirements and Curriculum

Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

All courses listed below are each three credits. 
PREREQUISITE - SPED 7024 Disability and Diversity, OR at least one special education course at the undergraduate or graduate level within the past five years

Required Courses
EDUC 9300 Educational Research
EDUC/SPED 9005 Dynamic Perspectives in Education
SPED 9200 Consultation and Collaboration Strategies

Individualized Goal Area Courses 
Goal Area I: Behavior Analysis

SPED 8013 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
SPED 8028 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
SPED 8029 Behavior Change Procedures
Goal Area II: Behavior Analysis
SPED 8032 Identification of the Problem/Assessment
SPED 8033 Implementation, Management and Supervision
SPED 8034 Ethical and Professional Issues
Goal Area III: Behavior Analysis and Autism
SPED 8050 Philosophical Underpinnings of Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 8040 Foundations and Characteristics of Autism
SPED 8041 Assessment of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
EDUC 9510 CAPSTONE: Implementation of Best Practices (EDUC 9300 is prerequisite)

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?


Courses for this program are all offered 100% online.

Total Credits

39 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

CAEP/NCATE accredited

Career Opportunities

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Behavior Interventionist
  • BCBA Clinical Supervisor/Manager
  • Behavior Clinician
  • Behavior/Behavioral Consultant
  • Behavior Specialist
  • BCBA Program Supervisor
  • Pursue a supervisory role in your current career

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