Help Students With Autism Thrive with an M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Create Positive Change

The online Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed.-ABA) from St. Edward’s University will help you make a difference in the lives of people with autism or other disabilities by building a positive learning environment between teachers, parents, and children. Our program will also prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) in as little as 21 months.

Program Benefits

Prepare for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Exam

You will be uniquely prepared to take the BCBA Examination*, as our M.Ed. program’s curriculum is aligned with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s current standards and the changes planned in 2022.

Unique Online Student Experience

Small class sizes, dynamic online learning technologies, and innovative course design create an engaging graduate school experience. You also have the support of your faculty supervisor as they guide you through your Practicum.

Accelerated, Fully Online Format

Our online program was designed for working professionals like you. In just 21 months, you can earn your M.Ed. while working full time. The flexible format allows you to complete your coursework at your convenience.

Inspiring, In-Demand Career Path

The rising diagnosis rate for children with autism has led to a demand for specially trained professionals. With your advanced degree, you will gain skills for career opportunities in schools and organizations that serve students with developmental and behavioral disorders.

Course Topics


The online M.Ed. - Applied Behavior Analysis is a 30-credit hour program that you can complete in 21 months while working full-time. Courses are offered in a 7-week accelerated online format and taken one at a time. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence* culminates with experience courses Practicum I: Seminar Course and Practicum II: Supervised Clinical Experience.

Course topics include:

  • Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ethical Issues and Professional Standards in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Foundations of Child Development and Childhood Developmental Disorders and Disabilities
  • Behavior Research Methods
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Development of Applied Behavioral Analysis Intervention Programs
  • Organizational Behavior Management
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*The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Tuition & Financing

At $37,260** ($1,242 per credit hour), the online M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis is a smart investment. The skills learned in this program prepare you for career advancement in the growing field of behavior analysis. Tuition includes all course fees but does not include books, comprehensive fees, or other course materials. Once accepted to the program, you are required to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit. Deposits are applied toward tuition and secure your place in the upcoming class.

The St. Edward’s University Financial Aid office provides information about financial aid opportunities available to graduate students.

Please visit the Financial Aid Office website or call us at (512) 387-3110 if you are interested in additional details.

**Tuition is subject to change at the discretion of the St. Edward’s University Board of Trustees.

How to Apply

We require all applicants for the M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. International applicants may be required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to demonstrate English proficiency.

To start your application, follow these steps:

STEP ONE

Contact an Enrollment Counselor to discuss your qualifications and interest in the program.

STEP THREE

Provide your supplemental materials, including your resume, government-issued ID, personal statement, and undergraduate transcripts.

The School of Human Development and Education at St. Edward’s University uses a rolling admissions process to evaluate each candidate. Applicants should be expected to be contacted within two business days of their finalized application regarding next steps, and the Admissions Committee should make their decision within two weeks.

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Take Your Career to the Next Level.

Please fill out the contact form for more information or to request a call from an enrollment counselor.

*To sit for the BCBA exam, students also need to accrue 2,000 hours of direct/indirect fieldwork.