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  • Special Education and ABA Online Dual Degree

    Dual MS in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis

    Today’s schools demand professionals trained in the science of human behavior and special education to help students with disabilities learn both academic and life skills. Drexel’s one-of-a-kind Dual MS in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis program combines the skills needed to educate these students with the specialized field of applied behavior analysis, which includes established principles, practices, and tools applicable across a wide array of settings.

    Graduates are prepared for positions such as:

    • Special Education Teacher
    • Behavior Support Specialist/Analyst
    • Autism Support Specialist
    • Autism Consultant Teacher

    Program Features

    • The only dual-master's program of its kind
    • Online coursework provides the flexibility to learn when it’s convenient for you
    • Opportunities to apply learning in field placement sites near you
    • Prepares you to sit for the BACB certification exam and to obtain a Pennsylvania Special Education Certification
    • The benefit of learning from the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, which boasts renowned staff who are widely-published and respected in the field
    Verified Course Sequence Behavior Analysts Certification Board badge

    The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified Drexel's MS in ABA course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Additional requirements will need to be met before you can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

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    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    A field component is required in most courses.

    Required Courses
    ABA 630 Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change 4.5
    ABA 631 Measurement and Experimental Design 4.5
    ABA 632 Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis 4.5
    ABA 633 Behavioral Interventions 4.5
    ABA 634 Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision 4.5
    ABA 635 Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct 4.5
    ABA 636 Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
    EDEX 543 Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 549 Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 550 Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities 3.0
    EDEX 552 Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement 3.0
    EDEX 536 Special Education Law and Processes PK-12 3.0
    EDEX 555 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 3.0
    EDEX 578 Special Education Practicum PK-12 3.0
    EDEX 588 Implementing Academic Interventions in Inclusive Educational Environments 3.0
    Concentration Options 21.0-24.0
    Initial Certification
    EDEX 542
    Fundamentals of Special Education
    EDEX 544
    The Inclusive Classroom
    EDEX 568
    Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-12
    EDEX 514
    Special Education Student Teaching Seminar
    EDUC 515
    Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools
    EDUC 521
    Typical and Atypical Development in Early Childhood Education
    EDUC 522
    Evaluation of Instruction
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    EDEX 575
    Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Environment PK-12
    Select 3 of the following:
    EDEX 556
    Characteristics & Methods: Autism
    EDEX 558
    Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism
    EDEX 560
    Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    EDEX 562
    Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Collaborative Special Education Law and Process
    EDEX 575
    Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Environment PK-12
    Select 3 of the following:
    EDEX 600
    Family, School and Community Engagement in Special Education
    EDEX 601
    Special Education Advocacy
    EDEX 602
    Special Education Dispute Resolution and Skills Training
    EDEX 710
    School Law & Policy in Special Education
    Social Emotional Behavior Wellness
    EDEX 575
    Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Environment PK-12
    Select 3 of the following:
    EDEX 580
    Social Emotional Wellness and Evidence-Based Preventative School Practices
    EDEX 581
    Understanding Social Emotional Disorders
    EDEX 582
    Evidence-Based School Interventions and Trauma Informed Education/Care
    EDEX 583
    Collaboration and Community Based Practices to Promote Social Emotion Wellness
    Capstone Sequence
    Required for the Autism Spectrum Disorders, Collaboartive Law and Process, and Social Emotional Behavioral Wellness concentrations
    EDU 780
    Capstone Research
    Choose one track:
    EDUT 780
    Thesis Capstone Course I
    EDUT 781
    Thesis Capstone Course II
    EDUP 780
    Practitioner Capstone Course I
    EDUP 781
    Practitioner Capstone Course II
    ABA 780
    Capstone in ABA I
    ABA 781
    Capstone in ABA II
    Total Credits 76.5-79.5

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
      • If you do not meet this requirement, you’re still encouraged to apply and your file will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Personal essay addressing the following:
      • Why you’re interested in this field
      • Why you’re interested in attending the program at Drexel University
      • Your career goals and how Drexel’s program will help you achieve them
      • How this program relates to your previous education and/or work experience
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2022-2023 is $1047 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1396 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Academic Calendar

    2022-2023 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2022

    September 19, 2022

    December 3, 2022

    December 5, 2022

    December 10, 2022

    Winter 2023

    January 9, 2023

    March 18, 2023

    March 20, 2023

    March 25, 2023

    Spring 2023

    April 3, 2023

    June 10, 2023

    June 12, 2023

    June 17, 2023

    Summer 2023

    June 26, 2023

    September 2, 2023

    September 4, 2023

    September 9, 2023


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