According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every four people is living with a disability. The MA in special education with an emphasis applied behavior analysis (ABA), 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 conduct socially valid assessments and support for individuals to achieve their goals and exercise self-determination.
Graduates of the MA with Applied Behavioral Analysis degree will find careers as:
The Association for Behavior Analysis International® 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.
This is an in-person program; we do not offer an online program. Students are required to complete 33 credits and a capstone research project. Students are required to participate in up to 20 hours per week of fieldwork experience in one of our partner sites during each of the four semesters. Students who intend to take the board certification exam must complete 1,500 hours of concentrated supervised fieldwork (or 2,000 hours if accruing under supervised fieldwork) after beginning the MA in ABA program to qualify for the exam. Many of our practicum partners provide paid supervision in paid positions.
Note: At this time, Minnesota does not have licensing requirements specific to the state. Visit the Behavior Analysts Certification Board website for more information on licensing requirements by state.
Some courses meet in person; others are on-line; and all are taught by PhD level faculty and instructors with extensive experience and expertise in their fields.
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