MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis

Drake graduate students can earn a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. The Specialization provides graduate students who are likely to work with children with disabilities or children who engage in challenging behaviors with a deeper understanding of behavior function and the assessment and treatment of behavior.  Students interested in becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts will have the option to enroll in the Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis after completing the three classes. A Certificate in ABA would require an additional four classes and 1500 hours of practicum experience. Completion of the coursework and practicum provides eligibility to sit for the nationally recognized certification exam and licensure as a behavior analyst in the State of Iowa.


Drake graduate students in the School of Education

Drake graduate students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


ABA 262 Principles of Behavior

ABA 264 Behavioral Assessment

ABA 265 Behavioral Interventions


Students should discuss the Specialization with their graduate advisor. Students do not have to declare the “Specialization” prior to taking ABA 262. However, ABA 262 must be taken before ABA 264 and ABA 265.

Interested students are also encouraged to contact the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s Program Dr. Maria Valdovinos ( or 515-271-2847) to further discuss the Specialization.

Students interested in pursuing the Certification program need to submit an application to the program prior to taking additional courses beyond the Specialization.

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