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Master of Education in Special Education

Applied Behavior Analysis

This fully online master’s degree prepares graduates for careers working with children, adolescents and adults who have behavioral challenges. Graduates are employed in a variety of educational, health care and private practice settings.

Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue the supervised fieldwork that leads to the national Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) professional credential exam. This credential, verified through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, allows one to become a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA) within the state of Ohio or similar licensure in many other states. The coursework alone does not ensure the BCBA credential, but is the first important step to gaining it. Our course sequence is verified through the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) for the 5th edition task list.

The need for BCBAs has increased 800% in the last decade in educational and clinical settings.


Special Education with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Program Benefits

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Multiple start dates throughout the year
Seven-week courses
100 percent online
Participate in research with faculty who hold PhDs and BCBA certification  

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Course Requirements

Our course sequence is verified through the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) for the 5th edition task list.

Applied Behavioral Analysis Courses (21 hours)

  • EDIS 6010: Applied Behavior Analysis I (ABA-I) (3)
  • EDIS 6020: Applied Behavior Analysis II (ABA-II) (3)
  • EDIS 6030: Assessment in Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EDIS 6040: Behavior Analysis for Training and Supervision (3)
  • EDIS 6050: Single-Case Design Research in Education (3)
  • EDIS 6060: Ethical Practices in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EDIS 6070: Behavioral Philosophy and Concepts (3)

Graduate Courses (6 hours)

  • EDFI 6420: Research in Education (3)
  • EDIS 6490: Seminar - Issues & Practices in Special Education (3)

Capstone Experience (1-6 credit hours)

Select one capstone experience from the following list:

  • EDIS 6910: Master’s Project (1-3)
  • EDIS 6980: Comprehensive Exam (1)
  • EDIS 6990: Master’s Thesis (3-6)

Elective Courses (9 hours) 

Choose three electives courses from the following list:

  • EDIS 5310: Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the Gen. Ed. Classroom
  • EDIS 5110: Phonics Instruction for Students with Special Needs
  • EDIS 5120: Content Area Reading for Students with Special Needs
  • EDIS 5410: Reading and Writing Instruction for Students with Special Needs
  • EDIS 5420: Reading and Writing Assessment for Students with Special Needs
  • EDIS 6400: Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • EDIS 6410: Assessment Processes for Assistive Technology
  • EDIS 6420: Implementation Strategies for Assistive Technology
  • EDIS 6430: Integrating and Managing Assistive Technology in the Classroom
  • EDIS 6440: Nature and Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • EDIS 6450: Transition from School to Adult Life
  • EDIS 6460: Social, Sensory, and Communication Issues in ASD
  • EDIS 6480: Assessment, Methods, and Materials for Students with ASD
  • EDIS 6510: Curriculum Planning for Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders
  • EDIS 6530: Assessment and Diagnosis of Students with Disabilities
  • EDIS 6540: Behavioral and Classroom Management
  • EDIS 6710: Collaborative Consultation in the Schools

Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

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Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.

Admission to the Master of Education in Special Education with an Applied Behavior Analysis specialization is contingent on having a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.


Submit Official Transcripts and Standardized Test Scores  

TRANSCRIPTS: As part of the online application process  you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College.

Request official transcripts and test scores be sent to:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

TEST SCORES: One of the following test scores is to be submitted as part of the online application process. Non-original scores must be notarized. Any of following tests are accepted: Praxis Scores, OAE scores (Ohio Assessment for Educators), or GRE scores (within last 5 years). NOTE: If a person already possesses a master's degree then no test scores are required.

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score. For information on the GRE/Praxis/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.


Statement of Purpose

You will upload this as part of the online application process for this program.

The Statement of Purpose should address:

  • your motivation for pursuing graduate study in your chosen field
  • what you hope to gain through graduate study
  • your career aspirations following completion of the program
  • your personal qualities that relate to your future success as a graduate student

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate degree from the College of Education & Human Development