Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA Concentration Banner

ABA Program Faculty Advisers:
Janet Graetz, Ph.D.
Advising & Admissions 
(248) 370-2620

Jessica Korneder, BCBA-D
Course Instructor, Practicum Advising 
(248) 370-3080

M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration

Applications for Fall 2020 will be accepted starting in September 2019.  Admission is competitive and an interview is required.


Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), provided by individuals trained in the principles of behavioral analysis, can help individuals including those with autism to learn specific skills such as how to communicate, develop relationships, play, care for themselves, learn in school, succeed at work, and participate fully and productively in family and community activities, regardless of their age. ABA has a strong database of research to document its effectiveness with positive behavioral changes for a variety of populations.

Oakland University's graduate certificate in ABA and the M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration (5th edition Task List), both going into effect in Fall 2020, are pending approval by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

In order to earn the BCBA designation, individuals are also required to complete up to 1500 hours of ABA fieldwork, and pass the board’s national exam. 

  • The graduate certificate in ABA (21-31 credits) offers specific courses in behavioral principles and techniques that fulfill course requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification.  Candidates for the certificate program should already hold a board-approved master's degree.
  • The M.Ed. in Special Education (45 credits) fulfills the BACB degree requirements; ABA concentration courses are embedded within the degree. Candidates for the master’s program must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree.
  • A variety of board-approved fieldwork options are available. Contact faculty adviser (Dr. Jessica Korneder) for details.

For more detailed information on this credential, please visit Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Association for Behavior Analysis International Web LogoThe Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.


Admission Criteria

  • For the M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA concentration: Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelors degree.
  • For the Graduate Certificate in ABA: Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in ABA must have a masters degree: Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A personal interview may be required
  • Potential for success in the program
The M.Ed. in Special Education with ABA Concentration is a 45-credit degree program. 

For details on courses required, click "Learn More" on right.

To view course descriptions, please visit Graduate Programs.


ABA Concentration:

     Oakland University Main Campus
     Pawley Hall
     Rochester, MI 48309
     (Map / Directions)

M.Ed. Core:

     All core courses are offered online


     To be completed at an approved ABA site