Meets the needs of individuals seeking a master's degree and the necessary coursework to sit for the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
- Complete a capstone course on the implementation of industry-recognized best practices
- Meet 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
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Maximize your options for employment as a behavior analyst -- learn more about
our 100% Online Master of Education in Special Education,
Guided Studies, Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration.
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.
Fitchburg State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Fitchburg State University is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated quality assurance review in Fall 2023.
- 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
While you can complete the program in as few as two years, you have six years to complete the program.
Degrees and Other Information
Already have a master’s degree in education, applied behavior analysis, or psychology? The graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis may be a better fit for you if you're looking to become a BCBA.
This program does not prepare you for a teaching license. Look at our program finder for M.Ed. programs that lead to an initial teaching license.
Holding a teaching license is not required for admission into the program
- MEd, Special Education (Guided Studies - Applied Behavior Analysis) - Program information from the University Catalog.
- Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)
Candidates completing a Master of Education in Special Education Guided Studies, Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration (Online), upon graduation are expected to:
- develop an ability to effectively implement techniques and strategies based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- develop an ability to implement evidence-based interventions and assess students with Autism.
- develop an understanding of the importance of including all team members, including the child, when designing and considering intervention options.
- develop an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of behavior analysts, and act accordingly.
- satisfy the coursework and degree requirements necessary to sit for the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
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?