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Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis), MEd

Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis), MEd


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Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis), MEd



Applied Behavior Analysis, Curriculum, Education, Instruction

ASU is no longer accepting new students to this program. Students interested in an online applied behavior analysis program with coursework verified for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination should see the MA in Special Education (Applied Behavior Analysis).

ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is one of the top-ranked graduate colleges of education in the U.S. We understand that the creativity that fuels the great innovations of our time is the same force that animates great educators. Our graduate programs develop collaborative leaders who bring people and ideas together to improve systems and strengthen communities.

Program description
Degree awarded: MEd  Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis)

The MEd program in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in applied behavior analysis pairs research and experience to prepare professionals to use the principles of applied behavior analysis to work with individuals with special learning and behavior needs.

The coursework prepares students to use applied behavior analysis to address a variety of learning and behavior needs across a range of professions and settings. All courses are online, combining a range of resources and technologies to provide students the opportunity to interact directly with program faculty and classmates. Program graduates are well prepared to provide applied behavior analysis and evidence-based consultative services and support to clients, community and family members across a variety of settings.

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers university coursework preapproved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® for students interested in sitting for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Professionals with this certification are equipped to meet diverse behavior needs and make a lasting difference in the community. The course sequence meets the BACB®-required 270 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction aligned with the fourth edition task list. BCBA® supervision hours, required for certification, are arranged and completed by the student separately from ASU coursework. Students not seeking the master's degree but interested in only the preapproved university coursework for the BCBA® exam may apply to the applied behavior analysis graduate certificate.

At a glance
Degree requirements

30 credit hours including the required capstone course (SPE 597)

Concentration (24 credit hours)

Research (3 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
SPE 597 Capstone Project (3)

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. three letters of recommendation
  4. personal statement
  5. resume
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can speak to the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program.

The personal statement should describe the applicant's interests and reason for seeking this degree.

GRE scores are not required for admission.

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