Haring Center

April 24, 2019

UW Applied Behavior Analysis Program Voted Best Online Format

Program Boasts High ABA Test Passage Rates

One tenant of the Haring Center’s mission is to train the next generation of educators in best practices. In the field of special education, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one of those best practices. The Haring Center provides training and continuing education in ABA practices through a number of professional development opportunities, including an award-winning online degree program.

Teachers looking to hone their skills in  ABA need to look no further than the University of Washington College of Education to get a high quality education. With many courses taught by Haring Center faculty, the College’s online Applied Behavior Analysis degree program was recently recognized as one of the top online ABA programs in the county and was also awarded the “Best Online ABA Curriculum” by onlinemasters.com, a site dedicated to helping graduate students find the education they need to change the world. 

“We make a dedicated effort to prepare competent, ethical,
and collaborative behavior analysts with this program,” said program director Nancy Rosenberg. “We want our graduates to work well with others, be adaptive, and we emphasize the use of their skills to improve the lives of those with disabilities.”

The program also posts a high pass rate for the national exam to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA): 81% of graduates in 2018 passed the test on their first attempt, compared to a national averagepass rate of 65%.

The online ABA program faculty have worked hard to provide a superb educational experience for students, through the coursework and facilitating collaboration between students.

“We’ve found that many models of online master’s programs are very isolating. Students go through the program on their own time and are not really involved with others,” said Rosenberg. “In our program, we are always looking for more ways to maximize student involvement and really create a cohort feel with all the students.”

In the UW ABA online program, there is a student digital hub where everyone can get together to discuss topics, post events on a shared calendar, and even join ‘coffee chats’ with the faculty over the internet.

The program’s classes are structured differently, too. Students and the professor come together for classes at a scheduled time, just as in in-person classes. Student interaction and participation is encouraged throughout classes, through small and large group discussions, polls, and other online technology tools. 

“What I’ve found teaching these classes is that it’s not less interactive than in person, it’s just different,” said Rosenberg. “For example, it’s easier to get instantaneous responses from everybody in the class with online classes using polls and a chat feature. Not everybody can speak at once in an on campus class, but online, everybody can use a chat to respond.”

There are roughly 50 students in the two-year program. Students are able to pursue their ABA certification while earning their masters in special education, or just take the ABA coursework.

For more information about this program, email Nancy Rosenberg. For more information on other ABA training and continuing education opportunities, contact Alison Winfield.