Human Development and Child Studies

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

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For more information, contact:
Susan Martino
Director of Program Development
Make an Appointment
(248) 370-4415

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.

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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 are both approved by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

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

  • The graduate certificate in ABA (18 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 (44 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 practicum / independent 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.

View BACB Experience Standards

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 board-approved 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 44-credit degree program.  To view course descriptions, please visit Graduate Programs.
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Published pass-rate data for the BCBA credential can be found here

M.Ed. Core16 CreditsCourse (these are online)
SE 65034Standards, Research & Practice in Spec Edu
SE 65024Legal Issues in Special Education
SE 65262Assessmt for Interventions Across Lifespan
SE 66004Quality of Life
SE 65052Community Engagement and Service
Concentration18 CreditsCourse (these are on campus)
SE 65704Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis
SE 65714Behavioral Assessment
SE 65724Treatment Planning
SE 65733Research Methods
SE 65743Ethics
Exit Option A10 CreditsCourse (in OU's ABA Clinic)
SE 6963
2Practicum: Foundations of ABA
SE 6964
2Practicum: Behavioral Assessment
SE 6965
2Practicum: Treatment Planning
SE 6966
2Practicum: Research Methods
SE 6967
2Practicum: Ethics
Exit Option B10 CreditsCourse (online, plus fieldwork at any approved site)
Approved Electives6Approved Electives Vary
SE 66434Human Motivation in Organizations

ABA Concentration:

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

M.Ed. Core:

     All core courses are offered online

Fieldwork/University Practicum

     To be completed at an approved ABA site