Please note: Due to BACB coursework standards and experience changes related to the introduction of the 5th Edition Tasklist, we are making changes to our program starting in 2020. The information below is NOT relevant starting in Fall 2020. Updated information about coursework changes will be available on this webpage by mid-summer 2019.

The UW ABA Program provides a Master’s degree in Special Education, the BACB Verified Course Sequence (VCS), and supervision necessary to apply to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam.  Students not needing a master's degree can elect to take just the VCS.

Students will complete the VCS in one year by taking two courses each quarter for four quarters (fall, winter, spring, summer). Students wishing to earn a Master's degree in Special Education will complete an additional three quarters of coursework.

All classes meet in the late afternoon (typically, at 5 pm PST) to accommodate teachers and others working full time.

BACB Verified Course Sequence

bacb verified course sequenceThe 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 Assessment (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 501 Special Education and Families (3 credits)
EDSPE 520 Collaboration and Supervision (3 credits)
EDSPE 504 Special Education and the Law (3 credits)
EDSPE 600 Independent Study or Research – Capstone project (9 Credits)

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, students 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 a Master’s degree.


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