The UW ABA Program provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). At the end of this program, you will have met the coursework requirements to apply to sit for the BACB Exam and will have earned a Master's Degree in Special Education. Students that do not wish to obtain the Master's Degree in Special Education are able to just take the ABA course sequence as Graduate Non-Matriculated students. 

You will complete the program in two years by taking two courses each quarter (fall, winter, spring) and one course during the summer. Students not needing a Master's degree will also complete the program in two years, but will take fewer classes during some quarters. Students may also choose to complete the program at a slower pace, completing the program over three years. 

All classes meet in the late afternoon (typically, at 5 pm PST) to accommodate teachers and others working full time. The ABA Online Program utilizes synchronous online learning technology and you will attend classes at the same time each week and participate in discussions, lectures, small and large group activities, and quizzes, just as with traditional face-to-face learning. You must have access to a reliable internet connection, a computer or laptop with a video camera, a high-quality headset, and a quiet location. 

ABAI Verified Course Sequence

Our program strives to prepare competent, inclusive, and professional behavior analysts who work with persons with developmental disabilities and their families. We encourage prospective students to read through the UW ABA Mission Statement for more information about our teaching approach to ABA. 

  • EDSPE 533 Concepts and Principles of ABA-A (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 534 Concepts and Principles of ABA-B (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 535 History and Philosophy of ABA (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 571 Measurement in ABA (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 536 Behavioral Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 537 Functional Behavior Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 552 Instructional Strategies in ABA (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 531 Designing Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 511 Methods of ABA Research (3 credits)
  • EDSPE 529 Ethics and Professionalism in ABA (5 credits)
  • EDSPE 553 Supervision in ABA (3 credits)

If you've already taken some of these courses at a different university, with faculty approval, you may be able to substitute some courses to meet the requirements for the UW Master's in Special Education degree.  However, ABAI has verified our specific courses as meeting their requirements as a whole and we are not authorized to make substitutions to meet the requirements to sit for the BCBA exam.  You will need to petition ABAI directly if you believe a course should be an adequate substitute.  

Additional Coursework for M.Ed in Special Education

EDSPE 525 Autism (3 credits)
EDSPE 554 Behavior Analysts in Schools (3 credits)
EDSPE 600 Capstone Project (4 credits)

If you already have a Master's degree, you can apply to our program as a graduate non-matriculated (GNM) student. Students that are admitted as GNMs are not required to take the additional coursework required to obtain a Master's degree in Special Education. 

Capstone Project

The purpose of the Capstone project is to give you 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.  You will complete your Capstone Project across the school year with support from a 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, students must pass a Master's Examination. This exam is a comprehensive examination covering all Applied Behavior Analysis content in the program. You will take the Master’s Exam during the 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 a Master’s degree.

 

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