Online Master of Arts (ABA)
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.
- 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 exam. Visit bacb.com for details and other requirements.
- 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.
- 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
To enter the program, the candidate will:
- Apply and complete Cairn University’s Graduate Program enrollment process
- Hold a bachelor’s degree (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0) from an accredited college, university, or seminary
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.”