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  • Special Education and ABA Online Degree

    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 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 Analyst
    • Behavior Support Specialist
    • Autism Support Specialist
    • Autism Support Teacher
    • Intervention Specialist

    Program Features

    • 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 obtain a Pennsylvania Special Education Certification and meet the coursework requirements for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) credential
    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.
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    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
    Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change 4.5
    Measurement and Experimental Design 4.5
    Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis 4.5
    Behavioral Interventions 4.5
    Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision 4.5
    Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct 4.5
    Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
    Special Education Law and Process 3.0
    Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 3.0
    Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities 3.0
    Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities 3.0
    Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement 3.0
    Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 3.0
    Special Education Practicum PK-12 3.0
    Implementing Academic Interventions in Inclusive Educational Environments 3.0
    Concentration Options 21.0-24.0
    Initial Certification
    Special Education Student Teaching Seminar
    Fundamentals of Special Education
    Inclusive Practices
    Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-12
    Adolescent Learners
    Typical and Atypical Development in Early Childhood Education
    Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Select 3 of the following courses:
    Characteristics & Methods: Autism
    Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism
    Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Students must also complete the following:
    Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Environment PK-12
    Collaborative Special Education Law and Process
    Select 3 of the following courses:
    Family, School and Community Engagement in Special Education
    Special Education Advocacy
    Special Education Dispute Resolution and Skills Training
    School Law & Policy in Special Education
    Students must also complete the following:
    Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Environment PK-12
    Capstone Sequence
    Students selecting the Autism Spectrum Disorders or Collaborative Law and Process Concentration must also complete the capstone sequence:
    Capstone Research
    Capstone in ABA I
    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)

    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 2024-2025 is $1111 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1481 per credit)

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • 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.
      • 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

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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