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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 on both systems 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 a distance education option. Both options allow students to complete a Master’s Degree in Special Education as well as the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Verified Course Sequence (VCS) 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. With an emphasis on socially valid assessment and intervention for both the acquisition and reduction of behavior, the UW ABA program prepares qualified professionals to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the individuals who they serve.

In addition to offering the VCS, both the on campus and the distance ed program offer a BACB approved Intensive Practicum supervised by a university-affiliated BCBA. Successful completion of this Intensive Practicum, in addition to completion of the BACB verified course sequence, allows students to apply to sit for the BACB Exam.

For further information on each of these ABA options, follow the links below:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) On Campus Program

The on-campus program offers a one-year program including completion of the VCS, an Intensive Practicum, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Students will complete coursework on campus on 3-4 evenings a week, while completing 25 hours per week of an Intensive Practicum. At the end of this one-year, full-time graduate program, students will have met all coursework and practicum requirements to apply to sit for the BCBA certification exam.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Distance Education Program 

The ABA Distance Ed program is a one- to three- year program designed for working professionals and students not wishing or unable to come to campus for classes. Students complete the VCS and an optional Intensive Practicum over one or two years. Students also have the option of earning an M.Ed. in Special Education through an additional year of coursework. The distance ed program utilizes state of the art distance education technology that maximizes opportunities for high-quality participation with instructors and peers. Students need only a reliable internet connection, a headset, and a computer to participate in real-time classes held in the late afternoons.

For more information on becoming a BCBA, and on the BACB, please see www.bacb.com.

*The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the University of Washington ABA course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. 

Interested in getting a Ph.D.?

Learn more about the Doctoral Program in Special Education: ABA option here

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