The Master of Education in Special Education – Applied Behavior Analysis degree program is offered to those planning for a career in applied behavior analysis and seeking eligibility for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Students must be employed in a behavior-related setting, for example, as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), special education teacher, or teaching assistant.
The following courses make up the 30 credit hours required for the degree.
Verified Course Sequence (VCS) Coursework (21 credit hours)
The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following 7 courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements (i.e., graduate degree and supervised fieldwork) before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
- SPED 625 Behavior-Change Fundamentals (Methods) (3 credits)
- SPED 626 Functional Behavior Assessments and Interventions (3 credits)
- SPED 628 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- SPED 627 Management & Supervision for Behavior Analysts (3 credits)
- SPED 624 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- SPED 623 Professional Ethics for Behavior Analysts (3 credits)
- SPED 697 Capstone in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
ABA practica (9 credit hours)
Augustana is partnering with HOPE Group, an ABA company with extensive experience providing online supervision of field experiences. The three 5-month practica (3-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. Students in the program must maintain employment in a behavior-related setting for a minimum of 30 hours per week to complete a total of 1500 hours of concentrated supervised fieldwork across 15 months of clinical practica.
Clinical Experiences I, II, and III (3 credits each):
- SPED 600HG - Clinical Experience I (3 credits)
- SPED 601HG - Clinical Experience II (3 credits)
- SPED 602HG - Clinical Experience III (3 credits)