ABA with an Emphasis in Autism
If you’d like to be out on the frontier of a field facing a national shortage, where school children and adults struggle with autism and other developmental disabilities, and where the rewards are both personal and financial, it’s time to explore Ball State’s master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA).
Whether as a teacher, psychologist, ABA therapist, or other human service professional, you’ll find opportunities in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, behavioral centers, and residential facilities where you’ll help clients improve language, motor, social, and reasoning skills. Doors to corporations and industrial settings are now opening where applied behavior analysts teach job skills and promote work performance.
Why a Master's in ABA with an Emphasis in Autism
- Our 30-credit program is offered completely online. Students can elect to complete the degree in less than two years.
- Our ABA degree is housed within Ball State’s Teachers College, which holds numerous national rankings and recognitions.
- Ball State is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Higher Learning Commission, and Indiana Teacher Training and Licensing Commission.
- Our program works for those from a variety of educational backgrounds, including psychology, criminal justice, social work, education and other areas.
- Not only were we the first in the state of Indiana to offer the master’s in ABA with an emphasis in autism, we are also the largest program in the nation.
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Mel Johnson Graham
“Most of my professors were local and worked right here in the community. I was able to learn ABA from those individuals impacting the families right here in my own hometown.”
– Mel Johnson Graham, Executive Director of Engaging Minds Autism Services, Muncie, IN
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"I particularly like applied behavior analysis because it is an evidence-based practice."
— Brianna Meyer, '19, who took part in an Alternative Spring Break experience serving disadvantaged students in St. Louis
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"I enjoy watching the progress of the clients when they start doing things independently."
— Carly Shappard, ABA therapist and graduate of the Ball State master's in applied behavior analysis.
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Our program allows you to create a plan of study that fits your life. The 30-credit program can be completed in less than two years, plus course offerings are designed to be flexible.
You can choose to take one or two courses each semester. Your academic advisor will help you create a plan of study that best fits your needs. View the sample plan of study tab below to get an idea of how your program could look.
Courses required for completion of the degree are:
- SPCE 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- SPCE 610 Behavioral Consultation (3 credits)
- SPCE 611 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- SPCE 619 Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- SPCE 630 Research Methods for Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- SPCE 680 Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
- SPCE 682 Interventions and Treatments for Persons with Autism (3 credits)
- SPCE 683 Field-Based Experience in Autism (3 credits)
or SPCE 638 Field-Based Experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis
- SPCE 689 Verbal Behavior (3 credits)
- SPCE 691 Supervising Human Service Staff in ABA (3 credits)
You can start the sequence of courses any semester. For more information on required courses, see the course catalog.
This course sequence is verified for students who will apply for the BCBA exam under the 5th edition task list. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ball State Online at firstname.lastname@example.org, 765-285-1581, or toll-free at 800-872-0369.
Graduate Certificate to Complement Your Master’s Degree
We offer a graduate certificate program that you can complete in conjunction with the master’s in ABA. The 15-credit autism graduate certificate provides specialized training for those treating students with autism spectrum disorders, which is the fastest growing disability group.
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You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.
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