An Intervention Specialist Master's Degree with a BACB®-Verified Course Sequence
The Special Education Master of Arts – Intervention Specialist: Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis program prepares educators with knowledge and skills in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and leadership, for preparation to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.
This Special Education Program Blends in School Psychology Coursework
Learning outcomes include...
- Concepts and foundations of applied behavior analysis
- Measurement and experimental design
- Identifying functions or problem behavior
- Designing, implementing and evaluating interventions
- Behavior change systems
- 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-Verified Course Sequence
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) verified 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).
This online program 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.
- An optional orientation will be offered on-campus in Greeley, Colorado.
Required Coursework (31 Credit Hours)
To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.
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. 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).
- 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.
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
- This is one of two emphasis options for the Special Education Master of Arts – Intervention Specialist program. If you want a program more focused on overall leadership and advanced skills in Special Education intervention, see our Special Education MA: Intervention Specialist – Academic Coaching & Leadership Emphasis.
- Students who already have a graduate degree in behavior analysis, education or psychology, and are only interested in the BACB-verified course sequence can instead pursue the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate.
- Learn more about the School of Special Education Faculty.
- Learn more about the UNC School Psychology Faculty.