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Applied Behavior Analysis M.Ed. Program 


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

There is a great need for professionals with training in applied behavior analysis (ABA), and the number of open positions is quickly outpacing the number of credentialed professionals that are able to fill them. UCR’s Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program provides intensive instruction and supervised concentrated fieldwork in the use of behavior principles to support the behavioral health of children and adults. Taught by faculty with backgrounds in ABA, education, and psychology, the courses are aimed at individuals who wish to provide behavioral support services to students in educational and clinical settings, including special educators, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, and other behavioral health providers.

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Certification examination pass rates are published annually by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (available at However, data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

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Program Overview


The ABA program curriculum meets the educational requirements of the BACB for certification as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Examples of required courses include:

EDUC 217: Single Case Experimental Design
EDUC 235: Ethics for Applied Behavior Analysis
EDUC 236A-D: Behavior Analytic Skills Development Levels 1-4
EDUC 254C: Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment
EDUC 255E: Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Students admitted into the program must complete 60 required units plus a portfolio project.

In addition to coursework, students will also be actively engaged in supervised fieldwork. This combination of coursework and supervised fieldwork training is designed to prepare students for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. The program begins in the fall quarter and can be completed in four quarters. See "fieldwork" tab for more information.

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  • Students will complete 450 hours of fieldwork (10 hours of fieldwork per week during the first three quarters and 15 hours per week during the fourth quarter).
  • Students can be assigned a fieldwork placement through the program or seek out their own independent fieldwork placement. Any independently identified fieldwork placement must be approved by program faculty and provide the appropriate supervision and experience (consistent with the BCBA Fieldwork Requirements set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board).
  • Fieldwork requirements align with the "Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork" experience option of the BCBA Fieldwork Requirements scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2022.

Currently, career opportunities for professionals with training in ABA are available across a range of industries, with the greatest demand in educational services, health care, and social assistance. Many behavior analysts in educational services work in schools and educational support services organizations. In health care, ABA professionals may work in ambulatory health care services, hospitals, and nursing facilities. For those interested in social assistance, opportunities are available in child and family service organizations. Jobs are also available in other fields and the outlook is very promising for those seeking a career with the skills they will develop in UCR’s ABA program.

Meet the Applied Behavior Analysis Faculty


Faculty and Research

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Positive behavior support
  • Response to intervention/multi-tiered systems of support
  • School-based consultation

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