Special Education: Behavior Analysis (M.S.Ed.)

Behavior Analysis is the application of the science of learning to the solution of problems of social significance. Behavior analysts work in schools, homes, and community settings, and consult in the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions for a variety of learners across a variety of skills.

This specialization is designed for educators and other professionals who wish to gain expertise in behavior analysis. The Association for the Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has approved the listed courses below as meeting coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) examination.

This program previously met the requirements as a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) and we are on track to be approved by the proposed deadline of 2027 for the new Tiered Recognition Model.

The Applied Behavior Analysis Programs Guide recently named our program as one of the Top 25 Best Applied Behavior Analysis Programs.

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Course Sequence

In addition to completing the courses outlined below, applicants will have to meet additional requirements, which includes securing your own supervising BCBA® if your employer does not provide one. Please visit the BCBA handbook for the full requirements and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. website for more information.

Course number
Name Credit Hours

SESE 511

Ethics and Professional Behavior for Behavior Analysts


SESE 515

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis


SESE 570

Conceptual Foundations and the Experimental Analysis of Behavior


SESE 571

Theory and Philosophy of Radical Behaviorism


SESE 708

Advanced Behavior Assessment and Functional Analysis


SESE 709

Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis and Research-based Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder


SESE 710

Behavioral Applications and Consultation in School and Community Settings


SESE 770 Writing for Publication in Educational Psychology and Special Education


SESE 792 Single-Case Research Methodologies for Behavior Analysts


SESE 796 Laboratory Field Studies in Special Education