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

About Special Education Applied Behavior Analysis - General Track

Bring about meaningful changes in individuals' behavior with this online M.Ed.

California University of Pennsylvania's fully online applied behavior analysis master's degree program focuses on approaches such as positive reinforcement and encouraging structured routines to address the behavioral and instructional needs of individuals in a wide variety of settings.

Applied behavior analysis is best known for its use with children with autism and other disabilities, but it can also be applied at large corporations in "organizational behavior management" to improve worker productivity.

Cal U's applied behavior analysis M.Ed. will prepare you to take a certification exam to become a board-certified behavior analyst. You'll graduate prepared to: 

  • Design behavior plans, monitor their execution and supervise people providing behavioral therapy services.
  • Supervise teachers who work with children on the autism spectrum.
  • Provide support with school-wide behavior issues.
  • Work with children in foster care, adults in corporate and eldercare settings, and more.

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Intensive Practicum: Cal U's intensive practicum for the applied behavior analysis program will give you the opportunity to study under board-certified behavior analysts while applying the content you have covered during your courses. Upon completion, you'll be job-ready for a wide range of careers. 

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.

Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also 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). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

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Cal U's Global Online courses are asynchronous, so you can complete your classes anywhere and at any time.
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U.S. News & World Report has listed Cal U's graduate education program as a Best Online Program three years in a row and counting.
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Degree Benefits

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

  • Earn your master's degree while simultaneously becoming a board-certified behavior analyst.
  • Work with top faculty who have years of real-word experience in applied behavior analysis.
  • Get hands-on experience conducting behavioral assessments, designing education and behavioral programs, creating data collection procedures, and more.
  • Benefit from career support from faculty and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
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Graduate Outcomes

An online M.Ed. in applied behavior analysis from Cal U will prepare you for a wide range of roles within private and publicly funded programs. Cal U alumni who have BCBA certification are recruited to apply for a variety of behaviorally based positions throughout Pennsylvania and the United States. Top careers include:

  • Regular or special education
  • School counselor, school psychologist or behavior specialist consultant.
  • Mental health therapist, early intervention therapist and speech therapist.
  • Job coach or transition specialist.
  • Educational director.
  • Family therapist/counselor or psychologist.
Applied Behavior Analysis Online Master's Degree
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Top-Quality Online Courses

Online courses at Cal U have the same objectives, content and learning outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.

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Long-Standing Reputation

Cal U has a 160-year reputation for producing top-quality educators in Pennsylvania and beyond. Special education at Cal U has been rooted in applied behavior analysis for 50 years.

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Top Accreditation

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).

 

Applied Behavior Analysis Online Master's Degree Courses

Applied behavior analysis 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 603 Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching 3
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration  3
ESP 612 Evidence-based Practices for Pre-K-8 Inclusion 3
ESP 620 Special Education History, Theory and Exceptionality 3
ESP 639 Field Experience Seminar in Special Education* 3
ESP 701 Introduction to Behavior Analysis 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

* Students have the option of taking ESP 639 or ESP 754, depending on whether or not Cal U is supervising their practicum hours needed to sit for the BCBA exam or they are being supervised privately. 

For students who are being supervised by Cal U, they can take up to nine hours of ESP 754 in order to accumulate enough supervised hours to sit for the BCBA exam. These students can graduate with up to 39 credits. 

Students who are being supervised privately will not take ESP 754 but instead will take ESP 639. These students will graduate with 33 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. Kalie Kossar
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