11.2% of people in Minnesota and 13.1% of people in the United State are living with some kind of disability according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. That’s approximately one in every ten people. The MA in special education with an emphasis applied behavior analysis (A.B.A.), prepares you to meet this growing need by becoming a board certified behavior analyst. You’ll work with people with disabilities—such as autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities—to recognize and analyze problem behaviors and recommend actions to improve their day-to-day lives.
Rated #5 in the nation among special education graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2018
Graduates of the MA with Applied Behavioral Analysis degree will find careers as:
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.
The special education MA with A.B.A. is a full-time, on-campus program and requires 36 total credits (nine credits in four semesters). As part of this coursework, you’ll complete three semesters of practicum experience with a board certified behavior analyst and a final capstone research project.
*Denotes courses that address Board Certified Behavior Analysts task list items.
Bolded practicum courses require commitment of up to 30 hours per week.
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Submit your application materials by Dec. 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.