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Special Education MA – Intervention Specialist: Applied Behavior Analysis (BACB®-Approved) Emphasis

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Blending Special Education and Psychology for BCBA® Preparation

This emphasis prepares educators with knowledge and skills in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and leadership, for preparation to sit for the BCBA exam. Coursework in the Intervention Specialist with an ABA emphasis includes

  • Concepts and foundations of applied behavior analysis
  • Measurement and experimental design
  • Identifying functions or problem behavior
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating interventions
  • Behavior change systems
  • Ethics
  • Management and supervision
  • Application of applied behavior analysis through the lifespan, including individuals with cultural and linguistic diversity, autism, traumatic brain injury and extremely challenging behaviors.

Includes a BACB-Approved Course Sequence

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This graduate program prepares educators to become leaders in schools and communities in the area of applied behavior analysis. Because the ABA coursework is a Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) approved course sequence, those who complete this emphasis will fulfill the coursework and graduate degree requirements to take the examination for certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years
$490/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Tracy Mueller, PhD


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