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 (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 recognize and analyze problem behaviors and recommend actions to improve their day-to-day lives.
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.
Students are required to complete 33 credits and a capstone research project. If you plan to take the BCBA exam, you'll be required to 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. This is the equivalent of approximately 25 hours per week across four semesters. 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.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
Note: Due to the various impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the special education program will NOT require the GRE in the application for admissions for the fall 2022 MA with an emphasis in ABA cohort.