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Pursue advanced studies in special education through our EdS in Education with an Applied Behavior Analysis area of emphasis, designed for candidates who already hold a master's degree.

This rigorous 30-cedit-hour program provides didactic instruction and applied experiences so you are able to accomplish the following:

  • Assess the environmental causes of individuals' behavioral excesses and deficits
  • Develop interventions that are functionally related to clients' behavioral challenges
  • Use single-case design methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of the behavioral interventions

Students who complete this degree are prepared to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam and pursue careers in school, clinical, or consultative settings, serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

Program Highlights

  • Designed for students with a master's degree
  • Individualized course of study
  • Program may be completed full or part time
  • Coursework and experiences prepare students to sit for BCBA certification test

Deadline to Apply

January 1

Accreditation Information

The Eds In Education (Applied Behavior Analysis) has a Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB)-verified course sequence that prepares students to sit for the BCBA exam after graduation.

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Faculty and Curriculum

Our program trains you to be an evidence-based, client-centered, outcomes-focused Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA). The program integrates on-campus coursework with rigorous practicum experiences completed in the UGA Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic, the Center for Autism and Behavior Education Research (CABER) Demonstration Classroom, and/or other sites.

This degree includes coursework such as:

  • Behavioral methods of instruction
  • Advanced applied behavior analysis
  • Individual academic interventions
  • Autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities
  • Individual psychoeducational intervention
  • Single-subject research methodology
  • Professional ethics for behavior analysts

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Find hands-on experience and applied learning opportunities through research projects or volunteering with organizations such as Extra Special People, Special Olympics, or AutismUGA.

Get involved in advocacy and connect with like-minded people through the student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, which promotes advancement and education for those with special needs.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the EdS in Education (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
January 1

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