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M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration


Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), provided by individuals trained in the principles of behavioral analysis, can help individuals including those with autism to learn specific skills such as how to communicate, develop relationships, play, care for themselves, learn in school, succeed at work, and participate fully and productively in family and community activities, regardless of their age. ABA has a strong database of research to document its effectiveness with positive behavioral changes for a variety of populations.

Oakland University's graduate certificate in ABA and the M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration are both approved by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

In order to earn the BCBA designation, individuals are also required to complete up to 1500 hours of ABA practicum or independent fieldwork, and pass the board’s national exam. 

  • The graduate certificate in ABA (18 credits) offers specific courses in behavioral principles and techniques that fulfill course requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification.  Candidates for the certificate program should already hold a board-approved master's degree.
  • The M.Ed. in Special Education (44 credits) fulfills the BACB degree requirements; the ABA concentration courses are embedded within the degree.  Candidates for the master’s program must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
  • A variety of board-approved practicum / independent fieldwork options are available.  Contact faculty adviser (Dr. Jessica Korneder) for details.

For more detailed information on this credential, please visit

We are now accepting applications to begin in Fall 2018 (for those who need a board-approved master's degree) and Winter 2019 (for those who already have a board-approved master's degree).

This cohort will be filled well before the late application deadline of July 15th--apply now.

Request Appointment:

Susan Martino

(248) 370-4415


Admission Criteria

  • For the M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration program: Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelors degree.  Five ABA courses are embedded within this degree.
  • For the Graduate Certificate in ABA program: Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in ABA program must have a board approved masters degree: BACB.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A personal interview may be required
  • Potential for success in the program

Below are the courses required for the M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration program. The program is a total of 44 credits. To view any of these course descriptions, please visit:

M.Ed. Core16 CreditsCourse
SE 5034Standards, Research & Practice in Spec Edu
SE 5024Legal Issues in Special Education
SE 5262Assessments for Interventions Across the Lifespan
SE 6004Quality of Life
SE 5052Community Engagement and Service
Concentration18 CreditsCourse
SE 5704Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis
SE 5714Behavioral Assessment
SE 5724Treatment Planning
SE 5733Research Methods
SE 5743Ethics
Exit Option A10 CreditsCourse
SE 5112Practicum: Foundations of ABA
SE 5122Practicum: Behavioral Assessment
SE 5132Practicum: Treatment Planning
SE 5142Practicum: Research Methods
SE 5152Practicum: Ethics
Exit Option B10 CreditsCourse
Approved Electives6Approved Electives Vary
SE 6434Human Motivation in Organizations

Oakland University Main Campus
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Our next cohort is scheduled to begin in Fall 2016 /  Winter 2017. Completed applications are valid for one calendar year.

ABA Faculty Program Coordinators:

  • Dr. Janet Graetz, Advising & Admissions    |   (248) 370-2620
  • Dr. Jessica Korneder (BCBA), Course Instructor, Practicum Advising   |   (248) 370-3080

For application questions, please contact: