Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

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BACB Verified Course Sequence

Take the first step toward earning your Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential by completing the coursework requirement.

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

1 yr


Why Study Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

Upon successful completion of the four-course program, graduated Education majors are eligible for the PA Autism Spectrum Disorders endorsement. In addition, graduates in all majors completing this program meet the coursework requirements for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential. If preferred, these graduates can select to complete additional experience requirements and pass the BCaBA exam to be eligible for the credential. Special Education Certification students need only to add two ABA courses to complete the program.


Why Study Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Cairn?

  • Classes are entirely online.  
  • Field experience integrated into the program and optional intensive practicum are available.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses verified by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) with a focus on students with autism. ABA is the most research-supported scientific treatment for autism and is highly effective for individuals with other disabilities as well.
  • Option for students with a 3.0 GPA to complete the program at the graduate level to concurrently fulfill four of the six courses required for the high-demand Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential, which then can be obtained by completing additional experience requirements and passing the BCBA exam.
  • Dual-level degree program option to concurrently earn a Master in Special Education in ABA available for PK-4, 7-12, and HPE majors.

*Effective Fall 2018, the ASD endorsement will no longer be offered.

Career Paths

  • General Education Teacher: Students with autism requiring Level 1 support (i.e., the lowest level of support such as individuals with Asperger Syndrome) are likely to be included in the general education classroom. Develop effective skills and critical knowledge to maximize access and learning for students with autism and other disabilities.
  • Special Education Teacher and Autistic Support Teacher: Providing strategic interventions and adaptations and effectively managing challenging behaviors of students with autism and other disabilities are key components of success for a special education teacher. Completing this program along with the Special Education Certification program will equip you with the tools and skill set for this highly demanded role.
  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA): BCaBAs use ABA principles to develop, implement and monitor behavior, academic, and social intervention plans under the supervision of a BCBA. To be eligible, complete the program and additional experience requirements and pass the BCaBA exam.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA): BCBAs are in high demand nationally and internationally and are generally well-paid. Students will be equipped with expert skills to train teachers and parents and develop intervention programs using ABA to enhance academic, behavioral, social, and life skills of students with autism. To be eligible, complete this program at the graduate level, provided the student has a 3.0 or higher GPA. Then, completion of two additional ABA courses and experience requirements during the MS in Special Education in ABA program are necessary in order to prepare for and pass the BCBA exam.

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