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Master of Science in Educational Studies (MSEd): Applied Behavior Analysis

The Purdue University College of Education’s online Master’s in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares future behavior analysts who apply the science of behavior analysis across educational systems. The 30-credit program offers students the opportunity to choose between two options, fully online or a hybrid model(mix of online and face-to-face).

Content of the program is in compliance with the Verified Course Sequence and the 5th Edition Task List.

April 1st is the deadline for consideration for Fall admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.

Deadline has been extended to June 1st



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Application Requirements

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For more information please see Purdue’s full application instructions.

To complete the application you will need:

  • Transcripts (copy) – Official transcripts will need to be submitted before the end of the first semester.
  • Statement of Purpose – 300 – 500 word essay. Articulate how this program will help you obtain educational and career goals
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation – Name and email addresses.
  • Credit card – application fee

Program Requirements

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A total of 30 credit hours is required for completion of this degree.

Core Courses (27 credit hours)

  • EDPS 54700 – Foundations and Principles of Behavior Analysis

      Required Textbooks:

    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis, 3rd ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-0134752556
      *Note: This book will be used in all courses
    • Mayer, G., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., Wallace, M. (2018). Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change, 4th ed. åSloan Publishing ISBN: 978-1597380850
  • EDPS 54800 – Ethics of Applied Behavior Analysis

      Required Textbooks:

    • Bailey, J. S., & Burch, M. R. (2016). Ethics for Behavior Analysts: (3rd Edition). New York: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-1138949201
    • Brodhead, M. T., Cox, D. J., & Quigley, S. P. (2018). Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. London, UK: Elsevier. Paperback
      ISBN: 9780128140987
  • EDPS 54900 – Verbal Behavior and Social Communication

      Required Textbooks:

    • Skinner, B. F. (1957). Verbal behavior. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis, 3rd ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-0134752556
    • CBA Learning Module Series
  • EDPS 50800 – Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • EDPS 61200 – Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

      Required Textbooks:

    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis, 3rd ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-0134752556
    • Mayer, G., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., Wallace, M. (2018). Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change, 4th ed. Sloan Publishing ISBN: 978-1597380850
  • EDPS 68800 – Single Subject Research Design

      Required Textbooks:

    • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis, 3rd ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-0134752556
    • Kennedy, C. H. (2005). Single-case designs for educational research. Pearson/A & B.
    • Ledford, J. R. & Gast, D. L. (Eds.). (2018). Single case research methodology: Applications in special education and behavioral sciences, (3rd Ed). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • EDPS 55200 – Basic Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • EDPS 62800 – The Behavior Analyst as Supervisor

      Required Textbooks:

    • Bailey, J., & Burch, M. (2016). Ethics for Behavior Analysts, 3rd ed. New York & London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis. ISBN: 978-1138949201
    • Britton, L.N., & Cicoria, M.J. (2019). Remote Fieldwork Supervision for BCBA Trainees. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. ISBN: 978-0128159149
  • Choose one of the following:
    • EDPS 55300 – Application of Applied Behavior Analysis to Manage and Support Personnel
    • or

    • EDPS 55000 – Behavioral Consultation and Systems Change

        Required Textbooks:

      • Kampwirth, T. J., Powers, K. M. (2016). Collaborative Consultation in the Schools: Effective Practices for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems. Pearson: New York.

Educational Studies Required Course (3 credit hours)

  • EDPS 53300 – Introduction to Educational Research

CBA Modules

All students in the program are required to purchase a one-year subscription to the CBA Learning Modules, offered by Behavior Development Solutions. Students will receive a discount on the price of the subscription due to this being a program requirement which brings the total to $345 for 12 months. Students will receive instructions for subscribing to the CBA modules via email from Behavior Development Solutions. It will be used in all courses and is required for taking the certification exam.

The CBA modules were specifically developed for learners to become fluent with the ABA terminology and prepare for the certification exam. Each learning module set consists of a 60 minute acquisition module and a timed fluency module. Specific CBA modules will be assigned in each of the 6 core courses. Within each module, students will complete the acquisition section followed by the fluency test. Though not required, students are encouraged to maintain their subscription until they sit for the BCBA exam. More information about the CBA modules >

Supplemental Program Information

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Career Opportunities (not limited to)

  • Working with individuals:
    • ASD
    • Disabilities
    • Who are in need of increasing skills
    • With challenging behaviors
  • Consulting for teaching and school systems
  • Training parents
  • Collaborating with medical professionals

Overview of the program:

  • Cohort model to foster professional learning communities
  • Asynchronous and Synchronous class meetings to interact with professors and classmates
    • Opportunity to attend in face to face setting on campus
  • Community developed with collaborative opportunities in the synchronous coursework
  • Opportunity to participate in independent applied behavior analysis research

The 30 credit hour program also serves as an avenue for recruitment into the Special Education doctoral program for which all credits (minimum =30) accrued from the Master’s can count towards the doctoral program of study.

Tuition and Fees

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Current Tuition Rates and Fees * In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $402.00 $603.00
Technology Fee $7.55 $7.55
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee $11.25 $11.25
Purdue Online (PO) Fee $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $470.80 $671.80
Total Credit Hours 30 30
Total Program Cost $14,124.00 $20,154.00

* Tuition and fees are charges on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increase. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2020-2021 school year.
* Additional one time fee: CBA Modules — $345
* Note: Purdue faculty and staff fee remissions may not be applied to this program


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Limited Term Lecturer Special EducationEducational Studies
Limited Term Lecturer Special EducationEducational Studies
Associate Professor Coordinator Applied Behavior Analysis Programs, Special EducationEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7238 Website: Vita Website: Autism Behavior Intervention Lab
Limited Term Lecturer Special EducationEducational Studies
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