Online Master of Arts (ABA)

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The MA degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is designed for students seeking to become a well-trained Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through an efficient and high-quality program.

This biblically centered program equips professionals with teaching and intervention skills based on ABA principles. ABA is the most research-supported scientific treatment for autism and is highly effective for individuals with other disabilities as well.

Program Highlights

  • First Christian university worldwide to offer a program, with extensive autism training, verified to meet BCBA exam coursework requirements
  • May be started in any semester and completed in as few as five semesters
  • 7-week courses
  • 50% tuition discount for educators working in Christian schools
  • Uses the same 5th edition Task List course sequence verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for the MS in Special Education (ABA); pending verification in May or June 2019 by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
  • Must meet additional fieldwork requirements to be eligible for the BCBA examVisit bacb.com for details and other requirements.
Other Important Information
  • The 5th edition BCBA exam will be available starting January 2022.
  • Completion of program requirements leads to a master of arts degree but not certification in behavior analysis or special education.
  • Students are responsible for verifying if the program meets the ABA licensing or certification requirements of the state and/or country where they intend to practice.
  • BCBA exam pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.
Career and Ministry Enhancements
  • Become a behavior analyst and enter a profession in high demand in the U.S. and globally
  • Apply ABA in diverse fields such as education, autism, and developmental disabilities
  • Work in schools, residential and home programs, clinics, hospitals, and other settings
  • Develop Christian services and ministries for individuals with autism and their families

Why Applied Behavior Analysis?

  • Best research-supported scientific treatment for autism
  • Effective for individuals with other disabilities as well
  • Demonstrated to be effective in many areas including:
    • Communication, social, self-help, play, and work skills
    • Reading and other academic skills
    • Positive and safe behaviors
    • Family life

Typical Program Curriculum

Semester 30 Total Credits = 24 Required Credits + 6 Bible/Theology Credits + Comprehensive Exam
Fall #1 SPE 721 ABA for Autism and Other Disabilities I (S1)
SPE 722 ABA for Autism and Other Disabilities II (S2)
Spring #1 SPE 725 Principles of Behavior (S1)
SPE 723 Interventions for Autism/Other Disabilities (S2)
Summer #1 SPE 728 Ethics for Behavior Analysts (S1)
SPE 726 Secondary Transition Assessment and Intervention (1 cr.) (S2)
SPE 727 Supervision and Management (2 cr.) (S2)
Fall #2 SPE 724 Single Subject Research (S1)
SPE 661 Foundations of Special Education (S2)
Spring #2 THE 601 Overview of Christian Theology (S1)
BIB 621 Biblical Integration for Educators (S2)
SPE 790 Special Education Comprehensive Exam

S1 = first 7-week session; S2 = second 7-week session

Applying

Requirements:

To enter the program, the candidate will:

To complete the program, the candidate will:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and pass the comprehensive exam

 

For more information about the online Master of Arts (ABA) degree, contact Kristina O’Connell, admissions counselor, at koconnell@cairn.edu.

Learn about the time and technical requirements for Cairn University online programs.

“In my favorite class, I learned many different interventions and had a lot of hands-on assignments such as making our own work bin activity. The interventions were what I had seen during my practicum at an autism clinic and I had wanted to learn more about them. This practical course helped to bring everything together and gave me great confidence in using them.”

Helen Kang

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