Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Special Education, Master of Education (MEd) - Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course sequence / concentration, students will be able to:

  1. Completed required the coursework requirements to be able to complete the examination to recognized internationally as Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

  2. Demonstrate expertise across all relevant dimensions of the provision of Applied Behavior Analytic services; including: behavioral measurement, assessment procedures, utilize evidenced based best practices and interventions in an objective, data driven manner.

  3. Practice within one’s limits of professional competence in applied behavior analysis.

  4. Conduct oneself in accordance with the BACB’s Guidelines for Responsible Conduct and the Disciplinary Standards.  

Related Links

Special Education - Applied Behavioral Analysis, MEd Program Page

Special Education - Applied Behavioral Analysis Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

Area I - Core Courses In Special Education
SPED 611Special Education Law3
SPED 617Current Research in Special Education3
SPED 625Instructional Strategies for Learning and Behavioral Problems3
Area II - Concentration In Applied Behavior Analysis
Fall/Spring Only
SPED 660Basic Behavior Principles 23
SPED 661Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis 23
SPED 663Ethical Issues in the Science and Practice of Behavior Analysis 23
SPED 664Issues in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism 23
SPED 665Research in ABA 23
SPED 669Applications in Applied Behavior Analysis 23
Area III - Additional Concentration Courses
SPED 602Advanced Studies in Exceptionalities3
SPED 643Communication and Social Competency3
Area IV - Practicum
Select one of the following:3
Clinical Practicum in Special Education 1
Practicum in applied Behavior Analysis I
Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II
Thesis in ABA
Supervision in Applied Behavior Analysis 2
Total Hours36

for students pursuing PA certification in Special Education B-8 or 7-12


This course is approved for and required under the 5th Edition Task List, as recognized by the BACB. These courses will fulfill the coursework requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. There are additional requirements that can be reviewed at

Major Code: 9 88
Concentration Code: ABAN
Revised: 03.08.2021
UCC: 02.02.2021

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

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