University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Master of Education (MEd)

Applied Behavior Analysis - Master of Education (MEd)

The Applied Behavior Analysis MEd program provides intensive instruction in the theoretical bases of Applied Behavior Analysis as well as the clinical and pedagogical application of the theory and principles. The courses are aimed at special educators and behavioral health providers and are designed to specifically prepare students to apply for the certification examination of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc (BACB).

To become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), the Board requires a Master's degree, approved coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis, and a specified number of supervised practicum hours dependent upon intensity of supervision (750-1500 hours), and successful passage of a national examination following completion of the Master's degree, required coursework, and supervised practicum.

Those who are interested should become familiar with the Board's requirements found on its website ( BCBA pass rates for first-time candidates taking the BCBA exam from the University of Pittsburgh can be found at on the BACB web site.

This MEd program offers students the opportunity to pursue the intensive supervised practicum as part of the program's elective courses or students may make other arrangements outside the university to acquire those hours by following the requirements found on the BACB web site.

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