Behavior Analysis 4+1 Bachelor's Plus Accelerated Master of Education


There is a growing need for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and a master's degree is required for this certification. The current program allows students who are interested in becoming a licensed behavior analyst to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years instead of the traditional six.

This combined degree program leads to either a B.A. or B.S. degree in an academic discipline from the College of Arts and Sciences, the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Business, or the College of Health, and an M.Ed. degree in Behavior Analysis. Core courses in this program have been designed to meet the Fourth Edition Task List and Foundational Knowledge List issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Distribution of coursework across undergraduate and graduate study:

Senior Year (6 credit hours)
College of Education - Summer (6 credits)
College of Education - Fall (9 credits)
College of Education - Spring (9 credits)

Undergraduate students with a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA can apply for permission to take education classes in the program. During the fall semester senior year, students must apply to the graduate Master of Education in Behavior Analysis program (fifth year). Students in the accelerated program will take 6 credits pre-bachelor’s and an additional 24 credits post-bachelor’s.  However, the University requires that master’s degrees carry at least 30 credits minimum.  This means students in the 5-year program must have at least 6 credits “left over” from their bachelor’s program to move across to the College of Education to put toward their master’s degree.

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The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) has verified the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify (

Course NuMber Course Name Credits
Foundational Course Requirement (3 credits)
SPED 332 Introduction to Inclusion and Exceptional Education 3
Core Coursework (21 credits, core course sequence approved by the BACB®)
SPED 402 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 409 K-12 Classroom Environment and Management 3
SPED 410 Behavior Analysts: Ethics and Professional Conduct 3
SPED 416 Autism Spectrum Disorders and Evidence-Based Practices 3
SPED 418 Alternative Curricular Approaches 3
SPED 432 Positive Behavior Support 3
EDUC 461 Single-Subject Research Design 3
Diversity Requirement (3 credits)
SPED 404 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 3
EDUC 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 3
Electives (3 credits)
SPED 411 Special Topics in Special Education 3
SPED 423 Supporting Transition for Individuals with Disabilities 3
EDL 432 Special Education Law 3
EDL 479 School Law and Ethics 3
EDUC 401 Globalization and Contextualization 3
EDUC 406 Social Emotional Learning in Context 3
EDUC 420

Contemporary Issues in English Language Learner Education

EDUC 422

Pedagogy for Second Language Learning

EDUC 423

Curriculum and Materials Design for English Language Learners

EDUC 431

Multi-Tiered Systems of Social-Emotional Support I: Foundations

EDUC 432

Multi-Tiered Systems of Social-Emotional Support II: Universal Approaches

EDUC 433

Multi-Tiered Systems of Social-Emotional Support III: Targeted Approaches

Other electives as approved by advisor    
Click here to view the course catalog which provides descriptions of the courses.