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Master of arts and/or
coursework in special education

Master's Degree Plus Coursework Option: Applied Behavior Analysis

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the coursework plus masters degree option in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program. This program is subject to revision whenever teacher education or certification requirements are changed.

Core Courses

SPED 500 Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education 3 cr.
SPED 675 Research to Practice 3 cr.


Courses in Area of Emphasis

SPED 653 Professional Ethics for Behavior Analysts
3 cr.
SPED 713 Designing Single-Case Research
3 cr.
SPED 654 Foundations & Philosophies of Applied Behavior Analysis
3 cr.
SPED 655 Naturalistic & Functional Analyses of Behavior
3 cr.
SPED 656 Methods in Behavioral Intervention & Treatment
3 cr.
SPED 657 Systems for Behavior Change, Team Building, & Case Management
3 cr. 

Elective Courses

Approved Electives
 (in areas related to ABA program and approved by advisor)*
6 cr.

Capstone Course

SPED 680 Culminating Project 6 cr.


36 Credits Total


ALL students should follow the program requirements outlined on the Student Program Plan sent with the admission letter.

Request information from  sped@mail.wvu.edu or direct questions to 304-293-3450.

Completion of the BACB® approved course sequence does not guarantee a passing score on the BCBA® qualifying exam or confer the BCBA® credential. Information about the exam and the additional requirements for the credential may be found at  Become Credentialed

*Electives should be designed to develop the student’s knowledge and skills in a way that directly supports the Applied Behavior Analysis Program by enhancing his/her ability to implement assessments and interventions. Some courses in other areas of special education (especially autism or severe disabilities) may be especially helpful, as will courses in behavior management or support, child development, or developmental psychology. All electives must have earned graduate degree credit from a regionally accredited institution and must be approved in advance in writing by the faculty advisor. Courses that earned continuing education or professional development credits may not be counted as electives in a degree program.

All courses in a degree program must be completed within 8 years; this includes transfers from other institutions and elective courses.

Retention in this program requires maintaining active student status and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain active student status by enrolling in at least one course every two years become inactive and will have to re-apply and meet any new requirements in effect at the time of admission. Students who fail to maintain an overallGPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and may be unable to reapply for admission.