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Specialist in Education (EdS) in Teacher Education

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration

The Teacher Education EdS Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) concentration is designed to prepare practitioners to use behavior-analytic techniques and treatment approaches to prevent and reduce problem behaviors and to increase appropriate behaviors and skills targeted to improve overall quality of life. The ABA Concentration coursework is comprised of courses in Special Education and School Psychology programs. Content in this program of studies is primarily focused on treatment approaches for children and adults with learning or behavioral difficulties and their teachers and caregivers. Completion of the Teacher Education major, for the EdS degree ABA Concentration requires a total of 30 graduate credit hours.

Admission to the Teacher Education, EdS ABA Concentration requires a Master’s degree. Admission will be based on applicant GRE scores, grade point average at all collegiate levels, written goal statement, example of professional writing, background check clearance, professional references, admission board interview, and professional reference.

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EdS in Teacher Education, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration Credit Hours
Required Courses  
SPED 555 3
EDPY 517 3
Concentration: ABA Education courses
EDPY 515 3
SPED 530 3
SPED 501 3
EDPY 505 or SPED 603 3
For Thesis Option:
TPTE 518  – Thesis Research 6
For Non-Thesis Option:
TPTE 503 – Problems in Lieu of Thesis 6
Related Studies 3
EDPY 636 3
Other related course – EDPY 510, EDPY 516, SCHP 690, SPED 553, SPED 556, or SPED 557 3

*Note: To complete the coursework required for board certification in Behavior Analysis, students must complete EDPY 515EDPY 517EDPY 636SPED 555SPED 530SPED 501, and either EDPY 505 or SPED 603. An international certifying board specifies and updates additional requirements (e.g., completing supervised internship experience, completing exam) for board certification, which are outside of coursework included in the Teacher Education, EdS, ABA concentration.

Tara MooreTara Moore, associate professor and instructional team lead

Students completing the EdS in Teacher Education, ABA Concentration have two options:

Thesis Option:  Students enroll in TPTE 518 (Educational Specialist Thesis and Research) for 6 credit hours. The EdS thesis must be approved by the student’s committee prior to submission to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval and acceptance. The student must register for thesis hours during this time.

Project Option:  Students enroll in TPTE 503 (Problems in Lieu of Thesis) for 6 credit hours.

If you have questions about the program or the course of study, please contact:

Tara Moore, associate professor and instructional team lead

Email: tmoorepa@utk.edu