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Special Education Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism

About Special Education Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism

Support and empower children with autism with this 100% online M.Ed.

Applied behavior analysis is widely recognized as a safe and effective best practice for helping students with autism reach their full potential. California University of Pennsylvania's online master's degree program will simultaneously prepare you to become board certified in behavior analysis (BCBA) while earning a certificate in autism.

In this fully online degree program you will gain a comprehensive education that features:

  • Intensive practical training in applied behavior analysis from an introductory to an advanced level.
  • Comprehensive instruction in autism spectrum disorders, including communication, behavior, teaching strategies, transitions and more.
  • The theory, techniques and practice of applied behavior analysis assessments.

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS - Autism

100% Online:

Cal U's applied behavior analysis graduate degree courses are delivered asynchronously online so you can complete your classes from anywhere and at any time.

Hands-on Practicum:

Cal U's applied behavior analysis program features an intensive practicum in public and private school and mental health settings throughout Pennsylvania. You'll have the opportunity to study under board-certified behavior analysts while applying the content you have covered during your courses. 

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BCBA Exam 
Cal U is one of a few universities in Pennsylvania that is recognized to provide the course sequence required to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam.
1 in 68 
children across the United States have been diagnosed with autism, and demand for board-certified behavior analysts is high.
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Degree Benefits

As a master's degree student in applied behavior analysis and autism you will:

  • Have the flexibility to complete your online master's degree on your schedule.
  • Qualify to apply for the Behavior Specialist license in Pennsylvania.
  • Get hands-on experience conducting behavioral assessments, designing education and behavioral programs, developing behavior support plans, and more.
  • Benefit from career support from faculty and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
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Graduate Outcomes

Legislation has been passed requiring insurers to provide coverage for the treatment of autism, creating the demand for BCBA-certified professionals in Pennsylvania and other states. Cal U program graduates are qualified for careers working with autistic individuals in:

  • Public and private school settings.
  • Individualized home programming sites.
  • Mental health-related settings.
Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism Online Master's Degree
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Top Faculty

Each of Cal U's faculty members has unique qualities that they are able to highlight within the graduate courses they teach. Your professors will have expertise in applied behavior analysis, the use of technology to teach students communication and behavioral self-monitoring, interventional strategies, working with students diagnosed with emotional disabilities, and more.

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Full Accreditation

Cal U's teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Long-standing Reputation

Special education at Cal U has been based in applied behavior analysis for nearly 50 years. Cal U was also founded as a teachers college and has a 160-year reputation for producing top-quality educators in Pennsylvania and beyond.

 

Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism Master's Degree Courses

Applied behavior analysis and autism degree courses are delivered 100% online. This program consists of 33 credits without the intensive practicum or 39 credits with the intensive practicum.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
ESP 701 Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
ESP 740 Nature/Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 741 Communication, Behavior and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 742 Life Transitions and Partnerships: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 743 Navigating the Social World: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 750 Concepts, Principles, Assessment ABA 3
ESP 751 Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention 1 3
ESP 752 Applied Behavior Analysis Intervention 2 3
ESP 753 Professional Ethical Practice Behavior Analyst 3
ESP 754 Intensive Practical Training in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 or 9
ESP 800 Seminar in Advanced Behavior Analysis and Research Design 3
Total 33 or 39

MEd without experience requirement for BCBA credential = 33 credits
MEd with experience requirement for BCBA credential = 39 credits
Admission Requirements


Admission Requirements (Regular) 

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.80 or a 3.00 in last 48 credits earned (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst Prep Certificate Only: Master's degree in an area approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) with a GPA of 3.30 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.30 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Graduate Applicants
Conditional Admission Requirements
  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Behavior Analyst Prep Certificate Only: Master's degree with a GPA under 3.30 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Email gradschool@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

 Program Requirements

 Out of State Students:

All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.

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Dr. James Burton
Associate Professor

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Dr. Peter Heh
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jason Kight
Associate Professor and Chair

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Dr. Kalie Kossar
Associate Professor

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Dr. Katherine Mitchem
Professor

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Dr. Mary Seman
Professor

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