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Special Education MA – Intervention Specialist: Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis – Courses & Requirements

This online program is 31 credit hours. It has been designed to fit around your schedule, with an accelerated delivery that lets you focus on one course at a time. Each term you will take two courses back-to-back, with 8-week sessions in the Fall and Spring and 6-week sessions in the Summer.

Core Intervention Specialist Courses (12 Credit Hours)

EDSE 670 Legal and Policy Foundations of Special Education (3)

EDSE 672 Leadership in the School Community (3)

EDSE 673 Research and Reflective Practice (3)

SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)

Applied Behavioral Analysis Emphasis Coursework (19 Credit Hours)

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB)® 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 (see below).

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APCE 628 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

APCE 629 Measurement and Experimental Design in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

EDSE 630 Applied Behavior Analysis I (3)

APCE 631 Applied Behavior Analysis II (3)

EDSE 632 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

EDSE 633 Application of Applied Behavior Analysis (4)

Additional Requirements by the BACB For Your BCBA Credential

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is a nonprofit organization that credentials behavior analysts who have

  • Completed a BACB-verified course sequence such as this one;
  • Accrued sufficient field experience hours [To qualify at the BCBA level, the BACB requires supervisees to complete 1,500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in behavior analysis - UNC can provide some support for supervision hours for master's students to contribute to this requirement] and;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the field via the BCBA examination. UNC will provide simulated exams and other student exam preparation tools for all students. Note: pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six 1st-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their 1st four years of operation.

More information about BCBA certification requirements.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years
$520/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Tracy Mueller, PhD


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