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Applied Behavior Analysis Master of Education Degree

This program provides coursework leading to a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.  The program prepares candidates for meeting the 5th edition requirements for The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BCBA) certification (up to the candidate’s passing the BCBA Certification exam and hours for supervised practicum).   The program is 27 units for students with a California teaching credential.  There is a non-master’s option for those wanting coursework for BCBA certification, in which students can take between 1-7 courses, including:  SPEC 710, SPEC 722, SPEC 723, SPEC 724, SPEC 725, SPEC 730 and SPEC 791.

It is possible to take courses on a Visiting Student Status. This is a non-degree seeking enrollment status, which allows a student to take up to 12 units without enrolling in a specific degree program.

“The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.”

Length of program and costs?

The Master's program is a five-semester sequence of courses designed to meet the 5th edition BACB guidelines. For those seeking the seven-course sequence, the number of semesters of coursework varies depending upon which and how many courses are taken. 

  • For Master's degree: 30 units x $635 per unit=$19,050
  • For those who already hold a California Education Specialist Credential: 27 units x $635 per unit= $17,145.
  • Financial aid is available if enrolled in Master's program
  • For visiting students, the tuition is $635 per unit
  • All Tuition and Fees are posted here: LINK

What are the unique features of the program?

  • Face to face online learning
  • Personal and specialized attention
  • Highly qualified instructors with real world experience
  • Classes taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts
  • Collaboration with community partners for supervision
  • Course assignments are direct field experience 

Field Experience

  • Applicants need prior experience in education, special education or Applied Behavior Analysis. Two years prior experience is recommended.
  • Students are encouraged to be employed in the field, given that the course assignments are direct field experience.

Location of classes?

  • Online face to face synchronous course meetings
  • Some asynchronous class sessions
  • On campus for orientation and presentations at Touro University California, Mare Island, Vallejo
  • Convenient schedule, classes meet in the evenings, usually one or two times per week

Courses for Master's in Education with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (27 units for students with a California teaching credential):

  • SPEC 722: Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 723: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 724: Advanced Concepts, Principles and Philosophy in Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 725: Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 710: Selecting & Implementing Advanced Intervention in Behavior Change
  • SPEC 726: Applied Behavior Analysis Literature Review
  • SPEC 727: Master's Thesis Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 730: ABA Personnel Supervision and Management

Students without a California teaching credential take an additional 6 units for 30 total units:

SPEC 791: Positive Behavior Supports Behavior Assessment

Students without a California Teaching Credential may choose from the following Elective Coursework (3 units):

  • SPEC 715: Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders                   
  • SPEC 716: Curriculum Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorders           
  • SPEC 729:  Special Topics                               
  • SPEC 794: Instruction of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities            

With permission of an advisor, 3 units of coursework from the Education Specialist credential program may also be applied as Elective.

Courses Required by Behavior Analyst Certification Board:

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

  • SPEC 722: Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 723: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 724: Advanced Concepts, Principles and Philosophy in Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 725: Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 791:  Positive Behavior Supports
  • SPEC 710: Advanced Concepts, Principles and Philosophy in Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 730: ABA Personnel Supervision and Management

There is a non-Master's degree option for those wanting course work for BCBA certification. Students can take between 1-7 courses including SPEC 710, SPEC 722, SPEC 723, SPEC 724, SPEC 725, SPEC 730, and SPEC 791. It is possible to take courses on a Visiting Student Status. This is a non-degree seeking enrollment status, which allows a student to take up to 12 units without enrolling in a specific degree program.

Course Content Hours:

Touro Course 
5th Ed. Task List (Available as of Fall 2019)
 

SPEC 725

BACB Compliance Code and Disciplinary Systems; Professionalism

Note: The content must be taught in one or more freestanding courses

45 hrs

SPEC 723 & SPEC 724

Philosophical Underpinnings (in 724) Concepts and Principles

Note: 45 hours must be taught as one freestanding course on concepts and principles that is SPEC 723

90 hrs

SPEC 722

Measurement, Data Display and Interpretation; Experimental Design

Note: The content must be taught in one freestanding course

45 hrs

SPEC 791

Behavior Assessment

45 hrs

SPEC 710 & SPEC 730

Behavior-Change Procedures; Selecting and Implementing Interventions 

Note: 45 hours of content is in SPEC 710 and 15 hours of the content is in SPEC 730

60 hrs

SPEC 730

Personnel Supervision and Management

30 hrs

TOTAL:

 

315 hrs

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What can I do with a Master's in Education with an Emphasis in ABA?

This degree will allow you to work as a Behavior Analyst for school districts, agencies, and private employers. The course sequence is designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board 5th edition so that students can become board certified following passage of the BCBA exam.

This program offers multiple options: for those with a bachelor's degree, the master's will allow students to qualify for board certification as a BCBA. For those who have a master's degree in a related field, the seven course sequence will allow students to qualify for the board certification exam.  Students will need to meet additional requirements for supervision prior to being deemed eligible to take the examination.  

Contact:

Linda Haymes, Ph.D., BCBA-D 
Program Advisor and Associate Professor
707-638-5865
linda.haymes@tu.edu