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Applied Behavior Analysis / Behavior Specialist

The Behavior Specialist concentration of the M.Ed in Special Education trains students in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Practitioners of ABA work in a variety of settings with individuals across the lifespan. Behavior analysts are known for their work with individuals with disabilities, however, they also provide valuable supports to individuals of all abilities.

Our College of Education program specifically focuses on training future behavior analysts to work with individuals with and without disabilities in schools, homes, and clinics. This program provides both coursework and supervised field experiences to prepare graduates to complete the certification exam to become credentialed behavior analysts. This program does not lead to teacher licensure, and you don’t have to be a teacher to complete this program.

The program collaborates with the Department of Graduate Psychology to offer coursework. Students in both programs take courses together although practicum experiences and other experiences vary. The combined program is a Verified Course Sequence program with the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Mission Statement

We provide instruction and diverse practicum experiences to develop behavior professionals to work collaboratively in schools, clinics, and homes. Using the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we prepare our graduates to empower clients to create a life that is meaningful to them.

Program Objectives

  • Maintain alignment with the requirements of Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) and Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
  • Train graduate students through coursework and various practicum experiences to work with diverse individuals to deliver client-centered ABA services in schools, clinics, and homes
  • Design and implement client-centered interventions aligned within the scope of ABA
  • Be ethical stewards of the science of ABA and collaborate effectively with other professionals
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