The UW ABA Program provides a Master’s degree in Special Education and the BACB Verified Course Sequence (VCS) necessary to apply to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam.  This program requires 4 quarters of coursework and completion of a three-quarter Intensive Practicum.  

Below is a list of the classes included in the UW ABA on-campus program.  As part of their course of study, students are required to complete a year long Capstone Project.  At the end of their program, students must pass a comprehensive Master's Exam. 

BACB Verified Course Sequence

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following 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.

EDSPE 507 Instruction of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities (4 credits)
EDSPE 510 Behavioral Measurement and Management (3 credits)
EDSPE 511 Methods of Applied Behavior Analysis Research (3 credits)
EDSPE 525 Educating Students with Autism (3 credits)
EDSPE 527 Application of Behavioral Principles (3 credits)
EDSPE 529 Becoming an Ethical and Professional Behavior Analyst (5 credits)
EDSPE 531 Designing Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions (3 credits)
EDSPE 532 Tiered Approach to Inclusive Instruction (3 credits)

Additional Coursework for M.Ed. in Special Education

EDSPE 500 Practicum Seminar (9 credits: 3 fall, 3 winter, 3 spring)
EDSPE 504 Special Education and the Law (3 credits)
EDSPE 530 Readings in Applied Special Education (3 credits; 1 fall, 1 winter, 1 spring)
EDSPE 563 Collaboration: Working with Parents and Professionals (4 credits)
EDSPE 600 Independent Study or Research (Capstone Project, 1 credit)

Capstone Project

The purpose of the Capstone project is to give students the opportunity to integrate many of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis within the context of a planned intervention to change the behavior of a person with disabilities in a positive way.  Students complete Capstone Projects across the school year with support from their practicum supervisor and faculty advisor. All students present their completed Capstone projects at an annual Student Capstone Conference held at the end of Spring Quarter.

Master's Examination

As partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Education (M.Ed) degree, each student in the ABA On Campus program must pass a Master's Examination. This exam is a comprehensive examination covering all Applied Behavior Analysis content in the program. Students take the Master’s Exam during their last quarter of the program.  This exam is not the same as the BACB exam – the Master’s exam is a University of Washington requirement fulfilling part of the requirements for your Master’s degree.

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