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Master's (M.Ed.) Behavior Analysis

Earn your Master's in Behavior Analysis at Lehigh!

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  • Application requirements: Completed online application; $65 Application Fee; GPA Minimum: 3.00 undergraduate; transcript(s); 2 letters of recommendation - Academic and/or professional; Acknowledgement of College of Education Policy on Clearances; Essay
  • Deadline(s): April 15 for summer semester summer, July 15 for fall semester start, December 15 for spring semester start
  • Course Requirements: 10 courses (30 credits)
  • Typical Course Load: Fall (2 courses), Spring (2 courses), Summer (1-2 courses)
  • Time to Completion: Typically 2 years 

Overview

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Behavior Analysis is designed for the college graduate who is interested in pursuing advanced studies in behavior analysis. Core courses have been designed to meet the Fourth Edition Task List and Foundational Knowledge List issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). The mission of this master’s program is to enhance the skills of practitioners in the field of special education by providing a concentration in evidence-based behavioral support strategies.

Curriculum

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 (https://www.bacb.com/bcba/).

Course NuMber Course Name Credits
Core Coursework (18 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 432 Positive Behavior Support 3
EDUC 461 Single-Subject Research Design 3
Diversity Requirement (3 credits)
SPED 404 Diversity, Families, and School Collaborations in K-12 3
EDUC 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 3
Electives (9 credits)
SPED 330 Special Topics in Special Education 1-3
SPED 338 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Children 3
SPED 405 Principles and Applications of K-12 Assessment 3
SPED 411 Early Childhood Education 3
SPED 418 Alternative Curricular Approaches 3
SPED 419 Academic Interventions: PreK-8 3
SPED 421 Academic Interventions: Secondary Level 3
SPED 423 Transition to Post-school Life 3
SPED 430 Advanced Seminar in Special Education 3
SPED 452 Assessment in Special Education 3
EDL 432 Special Education Law 3
EDL 479 School Law and Ethics 3
SCHP 412 Consultation Procedures 3
SCHP 426 Advanced School and Family Interventions 3
Other electives as approved by advisor    
Click here to view the course catalog which provides descriptions of the courses.

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is required to obtain a Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification?

A: You must (a) have a master’s degree in ABA, education (e.g., special), psychology, or a related field; note this changes in 2022, after which time degrees in any field will be accepted (b) successfully complete the courses in the verified course sequence; note 5th Edition Task List  Requirements must be met after 2022 (c) complete supervised fieldwork (see specific requirements here: and (d) pass the certification exam.  

Q: How will upcoming changes to the BACB requirements in 2022 affect me?

A: As of January 1, 2022, the BACB will require students to complete coursework per the 5th Edition Task List: https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/170113-BCBA-BCaBA-task-list-5th-ed-.pdf and supervision requirements will change: https://www.bacb.com/bcba/. If you have begun your coursework prior to January 1, 2022 please speak with your advisor to determine additional content hours that might be needed. All supervision hours must meet new requirements as of 2022.

Q: How long do I have to complete the BCBA verified course sequence?

A: There is no limit on the time you can take to complete the course sequence, however supervision must be completed within a 5 year time period. There are a few things to keep in mind. First, the requirements for BCBA licensure sometimes change. So, if you take too long, you may need to take additional courses to meet certification requirements. Second, if you do not take a course at Lehigh for one year, you will need to reapply to the program.

Q: Can I apply to take the test after I have completed coursework?

A: No, you must complete supervised fieldwork hours before taking the exam.

Q: When can I start my supervised fieldwork hours?

A: You may begin your fieldwork hours as soon as you start coursework.

Q: Does completion of Lehigh University’s Verified Course Sequence allow me to become a Licensed Behavior Specialist in Pennsylvania?

A: While the VCS does provide coursework required to the PA State Board of Medicine, we recommend you thoroughly review licensure requirements in Pennsylvania as these can differ from the BACB. You can find more information here: https://www.pals.pa.gov/#/page/default

Q: Does completion of Lehigh University’s Verified Course Sequence allow me to become a licensed behavioral practitioner in other states?

A: Licensure requirements vary widely per state, therefore we cannot guarantee licensure in other states even if you are certified by the BACB and licensed in Pennsylvania. For more information on licensure requirements per state please visit: https://www.bacb.com/u-s-licensure-of-behavior-analysts/

Q: Does Lehigh University provide assistance with the fieldwork requirement for the BCBA?

A: Lehigh University houses Lehigh University Autism Services (LUAS), which can serve as a practicum site for students enrolled in the Behavior Analysis Certificate program, students who have chosen to complete the Behavior Analysis Certificate as a specialization or add-on to their current degree, or who are enrolled in the M.Ed in Behavior Analysis. Practicum spots are limited. If you are interested in completing practicum with us please contact your advisor and Dr. Lee Kern. At this time, Lehigh University does not assist students in finding placements for supervision conducted outside of LUAS.

Q: Do I need to have a teaching credential to apply to the M.Ed. in Behavior Analysis at Lehigh or certificate in Behavior Analysis? 

A: No. For requirements of the M.A. in ABA at Lehigh go here:https://ed.lehigh.edu/academics/degrees/masters-degrees. For the certificate program in ABA at Lehigh you need a master’s degree in ABA, education (e.g., special), psychology, or a related field. 

Q: Can I attend the M.A. in ABA part-time or the certificate in ABA program part-time? 

A: Yes.