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Applied Behavior Analysis, M.Ed.

College of Education

Become an expert in the science of behavior and be able to design instruction that decreases challenges for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Prepare for the national credential exam.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts help individuals improve their quality of life and become more independent. The national certification will prepare you for a variety of employment settings, and you'll enjoy the flexibility of online and in-person instruction from our passionate faculty who are dedicated to your success.

Program Highlights

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    Exam Ready

    Complete all of the coursework and supervision hours needed to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.

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    Authentic Experiences

    Gain experience in applied settings and conducting research with faculty.

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    Supportive Faculty

    Enjoy faculty who share a deep commitment to mentoring and supporting students to thrive in their future careers.

What You’ll Study

In addition to an intensive practicum across five semesters, courses will include a focus on the instruction of students with severe and multiple disabilities, understanding autism, applied behavioral analysis in special education and designing assessments and interventions and single-case research. Ethics are an important part of the curriculum.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support

  • Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Being accountable for one's actions and decisions and fulfilling obligations and duties

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Workplace Settings

  • Education

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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