ABA with an Emphasis in Autism
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Employment growth projections for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) are expected to increase – over 18 percent, nationwide – within the next 10 years (Source: Lightcast™ – lightcast.io). If you’re looking to advance in or transition your career to the applied behavior analysis field, Ball State University’s 100 percent online master’s in applied behavior analysis (ABA) with an emphasis in autism can help you.
- Delivery: 100% Online
- Credits: 30
- Next Start Date: January 8, 2024
- Course Options: 8-week and 16-week courses
- ABAI-verified course sequence
- No GRE required for most students
While it’s true that Ball State has the largest ABA program in the nation, you will still receive individual attention from our renowned faculty who are dedicated to your success. The quality and rigor of the ABA courses you will take speak for themselves, as Ball State’s BCBA first-time exam pass rate is among the highest in the nation for high-enrolled programs. Ball State offers multiple pathways to prepare you for this credential, at a lower cost than other highly enrolled master’s in ABA programs.
Why a Master's in ABA with an Emphasis in Autism?
- You 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 degree’s emphasis on autism gives you an advantage in the job market. You’ll take up to three additional courses on autism, which goes above and beyond the Verified Course Sequence (VCS) by ABAI.
- Small class sizes of 20 students or less allow for individual attention from faculty.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the course work requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
Our graduate ABA program coursework is QABA-approved. The coursework prepares for the ABAT, QASP-S, or QBA exams and is intended to provide a foundation of knowledge to not only pass the exam, but to prepare the professionals/paraprofessional with information to utilize in treatment development and implementation.
Your master’s in ABA will translate to several employment sectors including schools, hospitals, mental health centers, behavioral centers, and residential facilities where you’ll help clients improve language, motor, social, and reasoning skills. The skills you learn at Ball State can be immediately applied to your career.
Before you apply, review our program admission requirements and application process.
Doors to corporations and industrial settings are now opening where applied behavior analysts teach job skills and promote work performance. The national average salary in the ABA field is $64,000. Below are a few examples of industries that students with a master’s in ABA work in.
- federal or local government
- hospitals or other offices of health practitioners
- local schools
- family services
Meet Our Students and Faculty
The role of your academic advisor is more than telling you which courses to take. For starters, they are student success specialists, and they are dedicated to your academic success. You’ll work with the same specialist from application to graduation.
Contact your student success specialist, who can answer questions you have about our program.
"Still in Awe of the Differences ABA Can Make”
In her first year as an elementary teacher, Angela Bricker (BCBA-D) was surprised that so many of her young students were diagnosed with autism.
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Online Grad Drives 24 Hours From Connecticut to Celebrate Her Achievement
Kaitlynn Holmes had already planned on driving to Indiana for Spring Commencement. When the emerging COVID-19 pandemic forced the University to cancel the event, she didn’t let it get in her way.
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Promoting Fitness in the Autism Community
Dr. Laura Bassette, assistant professor of applied behavior analysis in Teachers College’s Department of Special Education, specializes in researching and teaching people with autism how to exercise at the gym.
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Graham Finds Purpose in ABA Therapy When She Sees Its Impact
“I was able to learn ABA from those individuals impacting the families right here in my own hometown,” says Melissa Johnson Graham, Executive Director of Engaging Minds Autism Services.
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Despite distance, online master of Applied Behavior Analysis student finds hands-on experience
"I particularly like applied behavior analysis because it is an evidence-based practice," says Brianna Meyer, '19.
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‘Perfect Program’ for Studying Behavior
"I enjoy watching the progress of the clients when they start doing things independently," says Carly Shappard, '14.
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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 between an 8-week or 16-week course length.
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.
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, email email@example.com, call 765-285-1581, or dial toll-free at 1-800-872-0369.
Convenient, Flexible, and Applicable
The 100 percent online master’s in ABA is designed with the working adult in mind. Courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them at a pace that fits into your daily routine without worrying about being late to class.
If you’re worried about timing or course work, most students take one or two courses at a time. Or if you’re looking for a flexible way to quickly complete your degree, all of our courses can be completed on an 8-week accelerated schedule.
You can also start your master’s degree by earning either a graduate certificate in ABA or autism, and then earning the second later. Once you have both certificates, you only need one additional course to earn your masters’ in ABA with an emphasis in autism.
Federal Employees Pay In-State Tuition
Ball State has joined the Federal Academic Alliance and is offering reduced tuition rates for all eligible, non-Indiana resident Federal Government Employees (civil servants), spouses, dependents, and retirees who enroll in online graduate-level programs and courses through Ball State’s Teachers College. Learn more.
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