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Master of Education in Special Education — Applied Behavior Analysis

Augustana University is pleased to offer a Master of Education in Special Education — Applied Behavior Analysis (AU M.Ed. SPED ABA). Finish your online degree in 16 months with all requirements to apply for the BCBA exam.

AU M.Ed. SPED ABA

An innovative 4-semester, 16-month online program that includes seven courses and three practicum experiences, this opportunity is designed for students who are already working in behavioral settings, such as:

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)
  • Special Education Teacher or Paraprofessional (Holding an Undergraduate Degree)
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What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis

Behavior analysis is the science of behavior, with a history extending back to the early 20th century. Its guiding philosophy is behaviorism, which is based on the premise that attempts to improve the human condition through behavior change (e.g., education, behavioral health treatment) will be most effective if behavior itself is the primary focus.

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About the Program

Augustana University’s M.Ed. SPED ABA program has been awarded Verified Course Sequence (VCS) status from the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

  • Fully Online
  • 30 Credit Hours
  • 16 Months Includes Three 5-Month Practica
  • Cohorts of 15 Students
  • Non-Thesis Professional Preparation

Augustana’s M.Ed. SPED ABA program offers an eligibility pathway to the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) examination, which includes the following requirements:

  • Graduate Degree
  • Behavior-Analytic Coursework
  • Practical Fieldwork in ABA

Graduate Degree

Augustana's M.Ed SPED ABA degree can be completed within 16 months (seven courses and three practica with supervised fieldwork experiences).

Behavior-Analytic Coursework

AU's ABA coursework has received Verified Course Sequence (VCS) status from the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Practical Fieldwork in ABA

Augustana is partnering with HOPE Group, an ABA company with extensive experience providing online supervision of field experiences. The three 5-month practica with supervised fieldwork experiences (three credit hours each) run concurrently with VCS coursework. Students can accrue the required number of concentrated fieldwork hours in their work settings as they complete four semesters of graduate coursework.

Questions? Contact BCBA-D, ABA Program Director and VCS Coordinator Dr. Kathleen Cook.