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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a growing discipline with a presence in both psychology and education. ABA has a rich history of affecting meaningful change through the application of behavioral principles at the system and individual levels. The University of Washington's ABA program is designed to prepare professionals to use the science of applied behavior analysis to help improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

The ABA Program in the UW College of Education offers both an on campus and an online option. Both options allow students to complete a Master’s Degree in Special Education as well as the ABA coursework necessary to apply to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). You can view the UW ABA Program Mission Statement here

Students who become BCBAs typically work with individuals and caregivers in homes, clinics, and schools to affect socially significant behavior change. At the University of Washington, we place great value on the applied nature of ABA, providing ongoing opportunities for students to engage in skill development and collaboration with colleagues in the fields of education and psychology. 

For more information on becoming a BCBA, and on the BACB, please see www.bacb.com. You can also view our most recent pass rates for the BACB exam. In 2018, UW program graduates passed at a rate of 81%, compared to a national average of 65%. 

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) On Campus Program

The ABA On Campus Program offers a two-year program that includes ABA coursework, a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and a group practicum. Students complete coursework on campus 3 evenings a week. At the end of this two-year, full-time graduate program, students will have met the coursework and degree requirements necessary to apply to sit for the BCBA certification exam. Complete supervision packages with university-affiliated BCBAs are also available for a limited number of on campus students.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Online Program 

The ABA Online Program is designed for working professionals and students not wishing or unable to come to campus for classes. Students complete the ABA coursework with an option to earn a Master's Degree in Special Education through additional coursework. While many other online programs offer asynchronous coursework, our synchronous program offers courses as close as you can get to being in a real classroom by utilizing state of the art online education technology that maximizes opportunities for high-quality, real-time participation with instructors and peers. Students need only a reliable internet connection, a headset, and a computer to participate in classes held in the late afternoons. 

The University of Washington ABA Online Program was recently voted #2 ABA online program in the country. Additionally, we received an award for best ABA curriculum. Come see what makes us great by applying today! 

*Go to the BACB website to learn more about BACB certification. 

Doctoral Program in Special Education: ABA Option

For more information on the UW Doctoral program in Special Education with an emphasis on ABA, click here.


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