Program Description

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The Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed. in ABA) is a flexible, 36-credit, two-year modular program that is aligned with Level 9 in the UAE Qualification Framework - QF Emirates. The program is designed to develop research-informed educators as expert behavior analysts who are skilled at behavior assessment and change, to lead educational improvement in the UAE. This is achieved through a distinctive program consisting of courses focusing on recent developments in behavioral theories of teaching and learning. The program also emphasizes the implementation of educational research in authentic contexts addressing topics aligned with current and emergent educational trends. The coursework completed for the M.Ed. in ABA meets the coursework requirement to be eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination.


The Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed. in ABA) is offered in Abu Dhabi and Ajman as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi – Emirates College for Advanced Education
  • Ajman – Teachers Training Institute

Class timetables

All classes are offered during weekdays in the evening as ECAE Graduate degrees are offered as part-time programs. Allocated timetables with the location, time and duration of all lectures will be released towards the program start date on September 1, 2019.

Program Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
EDUABA1 - Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavioral Intervention
EDUABA2 - Philosophy, Concepts and Principles
EDUABA3 - Behavior Assessment
Year 1 - Semester 2
EDUABA4 - Measurement, Research Design and Supervision
EDUABA5 - Behavior-Change Procedures
EDUABA6 - Ethics and Professionalism
Year 2 - Semester 1
EDUABA7 - Advanced Concepts and Principles
EDUABA8 - Advanced Measurement and Research Design
EDUABA9 - Applications of Behavior Analysis
Year 2 - Semester 2
EDUABA11 - Research Thesis

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed. in ABA) program is open to interested individuals provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in education, special education, psychology, sociology, speech and language pathology or occupational therapy from an accredited University or have a foreign qualification, which has received equivalence from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the Bachelor’s degree.
  • Hold a current International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or equivalent (TOEFL IBT or Pearson PTE Academic or EmSAT) or higher.

Applicants who are Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs; or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs; or who have experience working in an environment that use intervention based on the principles of behavior analysis will be given priority.

In addition to the minimum qualifications stated above, candidates will be required to pass an admissions interview. ECAE will give preferential consideration to national applicants.

Additional Requirements to become a BCBA

Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree that is from a qualifying institution listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For institutions outside of the USA, students are required to have their degree’s equivalency and/or field of study evaluated by the BACB.

Postgraduate Diploma Students

Students who are enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behavior Analysis (PGD in ABA) program and complete the common core courses, may transfer to the M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis Program provided they meet the requirements as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

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